Mexican restaurant catches fire in Nampa

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Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Chris Cade said teams have arrived to find thick smoke billowing from the back of the building.

NAMPA, Idaho – Firefighters battled a blaze at a Nampa restaurant on Tuesday night.

The fire started shortly after 11 p.m. at the El Tenampa Mexican Grill and Cantina, located on Caldwell Boulevard.

Photos shared by firefighters show flames bursting from the roof of the building as firefighters work to bring the blaze under control.

Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Chris Cade said teams have arrived to find thick smoke billowing from the back of the building. Firefighters went inside and found the kitchen on fire, he said.

Firefighters called a second alarm, prompting Meridian Fire and Caldwell Fire to respond as well.

Firefighters managed to put out the kitchen fire, Cade said, but the flames had already spread into the attic. Crews cut sections of the roof for ventilation and got to work trying to put out the blaze.

It took two and a half hours to completely put out the fire, Cade said.

The building is still standing Wednesday morning, but the interior of the restaurant is visibly burnt. Cade said there was “fairly extensive fire damage in the kitchen and the attic,” but parts of the dining room were not burnt.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. the restaurant had closed about an hour and a half before the fire started, Cade said.

El Tenampa has two other locations in Boise and Meridian.

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