Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Chris Cade said crews arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the rear of the building.
NAMPA, Idaho — Firefighters battled a fire at a restaurant in Nampa 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 shooting from the roof of the building as firefighters work to control the blaze.
Nampa Fire Battalion Chief Chris Cade said crews arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the rear 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 fire.
It took two and a half hours to completely extinguish the fire, Cade said.
The building is still standing Wednesday morning, but the interior of the restaurant is visibly burned. Cade said there was “fairly significant fire damage in the kitchen and attic,” but parts of the dining room did not burn.
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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