One of Tri-Cities favorite local greasy spoons:The Hills restaurant caught fire over night and sustained major fire and smoke damage!

According to a press release from the Kennewick Fire Department here's what went down:

The Kennewick Fire Department (KFD) responded to a working structure fire located at 24 Vista Way, Hills
Restaurant. The first arriving unit was met with heavy fire and pressurized black smoke coming from inside the
building. Crews were able to make a rapid exterior fire attack, slowing the fire spread. With an aggressive,
coordinated interior attack, the fire was quickly contained. Vertical ventilation was used to remove remaining
smoke, allowing for safer interior operations.
KFD was assisted this morning by the Richland and Pasco Fire Departments, BCFD#1, KPD, Cascade Natural Gas
and the Benton PUD. The majority of fire was initially seen around a fryer unit in the kitchen area but the origin
and cause are still under investigation. The incident occurred after normal business hours and no injuries were
reported.
The Kennewick Fire Department would like to remind business owners to continue following best cleaning
practices along with ensuring all smoke detector and extinguishing systems are in proper working order.

No word on when the restaurant will reopen!