Fire Closes Guadalajara Original Grill Temporarily

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPTAIN CHRIS JURVIG.
  • Photo courtesy of Captain Chris Jurvig.

Sad news in the local Mexican restaurant world, the Guadalajara Original Grill located at 1220 E. Prince Road will be closed indefinitely due to a small fire in its storage room on Thursday morning. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation, according to the press release. Guadalajara Original Grill originally opened in 2002, and has won Best of Tucson's guacamole every year the award was mentioned since 2009. 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CAPTAIN CHRIS JURVIG.
  • Photo courtesy of Captain Chris Jurvig.

From Facebook:
We regret to inform you that our restaurant sustained a small fire this morning. We will be closed for an undetermined time. We are diligently working to restore the restaurant and will be reopening bigger and better than ever soon. More details to follow soon. Thank you, Tucson, for your patience and support.

Here's the official word from Tucson Fire:
City Of Tucson 9-1-1 dispatchers received a single call reporting smoke and flames coming from the rear of a commercial building in the 1200 block of East Prince Road. The first fire suppression company was on scene five minutes later. As firefighters arrived they found a large column of dark smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of the structure.

Firefighters used a gas powered saw to cut through the door locks and pulled hose lines inside the structure to search for occupants and attack the fire. As crews made their way to the rear of the structure they were confronted with dense smoke and zero visibility. Multiple crews advanced hose lines into the structure and located the bulk of the flames in a storage room approximately 15’ x 20’ in size. The ladder company secured utilities and went to the roof where they cut a large ventilation hole with a chainsaw to allow the smoke and superheated gasses to escape, which reduces temperatures and increases visibility. Fire crews were able to keep the bulk of the flames confined to the storage area however there was smoke damage throughout the restaurant. There were no occupants at the structure at the time of the fire.

In total, twenty-seven firefighters from ten units responded to the scene. Pima County Health Department and Building Safety were also responding to assess damages.

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