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Posted on: January 31, 2016

Reported Prank Call Leads To Major Business Damage

A reported prank call about a fake gas leak at the Burger King on Quintana led to extensive damage to windows of the business late Saturday night.

The Morro Bay public safety team, including both the Police and Fire departments, responded to the possible gas leak finding the damage to the facility but no gas leak.

According to reports, employees received a call from someone indicating they were a representative from the Fire Department advising of an emergency. The caller stated windows needed to be broken to ventilate the business and employees allegedly complied.

The City wants to make clear the Fire Department would generally not call a business directly to warn of such an issue. Recorded calls through a “Reverse 911” system may be sent area-wide to notify residents and businesses of major emergencies. For more information on the county "Reverse 911" system, see http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/OES/Reverse911.htm.

If you receive a call you believe is official from a public safety agency that seems out of the ordinary or causes you to fear for your safety, please call 911 to verify the information is valid.

This case is being investigated by the Police Department. If you have any information that can assist investigators, please call the department at (805) 772-6225.

The investigation is ongoing and no other details are available at this time.

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