Update: Tucson restaurant damaged in early morning blaze

2014-05-29T14:01:00Z 2014-05-29T14:01:41Z Update: Tucson restaurant damaged in early morning blazeKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 29, 2014 2:01 pm  • 

Guadalajara Grill, a restaurant on the north side, was damaged in an early morning fire started accidentally by an electrical malfunction.

Fire damage was minimal and mostly confined to a storage room, but the restaurant suffered smoke damage throughout the building, said Capt. Chris Jurvig, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department.

The cost of the damage was estimated at $200,000, Jurvig said.

A single call was made to 911 at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday reporting the blaze at 1220 E. Prince Road and North Mountain Avenue.

Crews arrived on scene within five minutes and “found a large column of dark smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of the structure,” Jurvig said.

While firefighters used a gas-powered saw to cut through the locks on the restaurant doors, a ladder company climbed to the roof to cut holes that would vent smoke and heat, Jurvig said.

It took almost 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

In total, 27 firefighters from 10 units responded to the scene.

Guadalajara Grill, a restaurant on the north side, was damaged in an early morning fire.

A single call was made to 911 at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday reporting the blaze at 1220 E. Prince Road and North Mountain Avenue.

Crews arrived on scene within five minutes and “found a large column of dark smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of the structure,” Capt. Chris Jurvig, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.

While firefighters used a gas-powered saw to cut through the locks on the restaurant doors, a ladder company climbed to the roof to cut holes that would vent smoke and heat, Jurvig said.

Firefighters were able to keep the bulk of the flames confined to a storage area where the blaze started, however there was smoke damage throughout the restaurant, Jurvig said.

It took almost 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

In total, 27 firefighters from 10 units responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Jurvig did not have an estimate of damages.

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