Fire breaks out in kitchen of Mexican restaurant: SC official

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A overnight fire at a restaurant in Richland County is under investigation, the Columbia Fire Department said Thursday.

The fire started at the San Jose Mexican restaurant in the 800 block of Sparkleberry Lane, the fire department said in a news release. It’s near Clemson Road and exit 80 on Interstate 20.

No injuries were reported in the fire, according to the statement.

Around 2:30 a.m., firefighters responded to the structure fire, officials said.

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A restaurant fire was extinguished by the Columbia Fire Department. Colombia Fire Department

Crews established a water supply and contained the scene, firefighters said.

The extent of the damage to the restaurant was not specified. Information on whether the restaurant was open on Thursday was not available, and calls to San Jose Mexican were met with a busy signal.

The fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but the cause is being investigated by the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Officeaccording to the press release.

Another Richland County fire is under investigation.

On May 14, a fire damaged an unoccupied house in Irmo, the Irmo Police Department said.

The “suspicious fire” was extinguished by the Irmo Fire District before spreading to surrounding properties, police said.

The fire did not cause any injuries, police said.

Police said they were looking for a person of interest who was captured on surveillance footage around the time the fire occurred.

The cause of the fire and where it started are under investigation.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call police at 803-781-8088, or CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit a tip online.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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This story was originally published May 19, 2022 1:57 p.m.

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