The kitchen of a Mexican restaurant affected by the fire

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By Mike De Felice

Kitsap Daily News

PORT ORCHARD – Thanks to quick and aggressive action by firefighters from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, an after-hours fire at the restaurant in Puerto Vallarta late Saturday night was extinguished, limiting fire damage to the kitchen.

Passers-by saw smoke coming out of the closed restaurant and called 911, which quickly relayed the call to SKFR.

“We were completely closed,” restaurant owner Sergio Andrade said. “Luckily no one was in the restaurant when the fire broke out around midnight on Saturday.”

The quick response of firefighters prevented the smoke from damaging the dining room, he added.

“We will have to do a deep cleaning,” said the owner of the popular Port Orchard restaurant.

Andrade said it was too early to give a damage estimate. He said the company’s kitchen designer needed to examine the property before an accurate estimate could be made.

“With ever-changing price increases these days, it’s hard to say how much replacement equipment will cost,” he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by firefighters, but arson has been ruled out, the owner reported. It is the first major fire the company has seen since it opened nearly 30 years ago, he said.

The date when the Mexican restaurant will be able to reopen is pending. Restaurant repair updates will be posted on the Puerto Vallarta Facebook page.

When news of the fire broke, Andrade said many people in the community reached out on social media.

“It’s just amazing. People said, ‘You are in our thoughts.’ They felt so bad for us. It’s good to know that there are people who care about you,” he said.

The restaurateur is grateful that members of the public reported the fire early.

“Some passers-by saw smoke and called the fire department. Small communities like ours have people who care about each other,” Andrade said.

“If those people hadn’t called and the fire department hadn’t responded as quickly as they did, I probably wouldn’t have a restaurant today. We will come out stronger on the other side. I guarantee it.


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