Firefighters responded early Monday morning to a fire at a Mexican restaurant at 1129 W. Main St. in Yadkinville. Emergency Services Operations Manager James Collins said the call came in at 7:30 a.m. with a report of smoke and flames from the building.
The road was closed for a time on Monday morning as firefighters battled the blaze. By Monday afternoon, the blaze had been extinguished, but crews remained on the scene to monitor the situation.
Collins said the building housed not only Los Jarritos restaurant, but several other businesses as well including a hair salon and a flooring/painting business.
Yadkinville Fire Chief Bryan Southard said the fire had been burning for some time before it was reported and firefighters responded. Crews from West Yadkin and Boonville also assisted as did Arlington, Courtney and Forbush.
“All the county fire departments that were available came here to help,” Southard said. Yadkin County Rescue Squad and EMS crews were also available. Southard said no one was inside the building when the fire began.
Southard said multiple renovations inside the building, with several different levels of ceilings, caused some initial problems as they began to fight the fire. A vent hole was cut and Southard said they knocked down the blaze fairly quickly, but as the fire began to exit the vent hole it became trapped between the levels of ceilings and firefighters had to regroup. Two ladder trucks were used and Southard said several thousand gallons of water were pumped on to the blaze.
Despite their best efforts, not much remained of the building.
“We done what we could,” Southard said. “The fire had been burning a little bit before we got here. It had a little head start on us.”
Southard said the county fire marshal’s office, Yadkinville Police Department and the SBI were on the scene investigating the cause of the fire. Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks confirmed the fire was being investigated, but foul play was not suspected.
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