UPDATE: Martinez: One-Alarm Kitchen Fire Damages Mexican Restaurant

August 27, 2014 14:00 pm · 10 comments

A one-alarm fire caused damage but no injuries at a Martinez restaurant on Tuesday morning, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said.

Fire crews responded around 9:05 a.m. to reports of a kitchen fire at Cinco de Mayo, located within a shopping center at 514 Center St., according to Fire Inspector Steve Aubert.

Kitchen staff who had been inside preparing food for the day were able to safely evacuate before crews arrived on scene, according to Aubert.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Firefighters arrived to find flames shooting through the back of the restaurant, Aubert said.

He said the blaze appears to have started as a grease fire in the kitchen and spread upward.

Firefighters got the fire under control in about 15 minutes, Aubert said.

The exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation and it is unknown when the eatery will be able to reopen.

1 at Beacon August 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Thats what happens when you refry beans when they already are fried

2 anon August 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

That fire was yesterday morning.

3 Speedy Gonzales August 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Get your red hot tamales.

4 Joe Martinez August 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM

That place is awesome. I hope they open soon. There is another Cinco De Mayo in Martinez on Pacheco Blvd. and Bush St. that is equally good.

5 franie August 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM

My family and I love going to both the Cinco De Mayo restaurants, we were just at that location on Friday… Hope all is alright and they’ll be open again soon!

6 nate August 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

That’s my favorite restaurant. The wet shrimp burrito with steak is amazing

7 Staff was in the kitchen... August 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM

…but they couldn’t put out a grease fire before it burned half the kitchen? Don’t they have fire extinguishers in that place?

8 Fritzhugh Ludlow August 27, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Another example of wasted water.

9 Cautiously Informed August 27, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Before a restaurant can open the mess has to be cleaned, the hood/flu system repaired, the suppression system restored and the health department has to inspect it all.

Seen it before, many many times.

10 Captain Bebops August 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

They’re open for business.

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