El Tiempo Cantina Destroyed in 2 Alarm Fire

El Tiempo Cantina Destroyed in 2 Alarm Fire

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ESD 48 responded to the late night fire at the newly renovated El Tiempo Cantina on Kingsland and Mason Road. Harris County Fire Marshall Office is currently investigating the cause. Photo by Sharon Bowers Graf.
ESD 48 responded to the late night fire at the newly renovated El Tiempo Cantina on Kingsland and Mason Road. Harris County Fire Marshall Office is currently investigating the cause. Photo by Sharon Bowers Graf.

Harris County ESD 48 received the call at 11:33 p.m. on Wednesday night. Engine 1 was the first on scene at 11:38 just under 5 minutes after the alarm came in. Upon arrival, E1 reported heavy smoke showing above what would later be determined to be the kitchen area of the restaurant. Crews made a offensive attack and forced entry through the front door. Upon entry, crews reported high heat above the ceiling and heavy black smoke throughout. Around 11:54 fire broke through the roof over the kitchen and, anticipating an impending roof collapse, command gave the order to go defensive and requested a second alarm for additional equipment and manpower.
Crews were on scene for more than eight hours from the initial call until the scene was released to the property owner. Assistance from Westlake VFD, Willowfork Fire, Katy Fire, Community VFD and Houston Fire was provided with as many as 17 total apparatus and over 60 firefighters and EMS personnel at the peak of the activity with no injuries reported. In addition to the units fire scene assistance from Fulshear-Simonton and Cy-Fair VFD manned two stations and responded to other calls in the territory while ESD 48 assets were fighting the fire. Harris County Fire Marshall Office is currently investigating the cause but initial indications point to the fire starting in or around the kitchen area.

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