“Staple” restaurant in Lancaster destroyed by fire

LANCASTER, S.C. (CN2 NEWS) – A Lancaster restaurant that has been a staple in the community for nearly three decades is now no more after a fire ripped through the building early this Monday.

Thankfully no one was hurt but the devastation left many heartbroken.

“I’m a little numb at the moment, I can’t really tell you how I felt or how I feel”, says Luis Linarez.

Co-owner of Mariachis Mexican Restaurant, Luis Linarez says he’s at loss for words as he looks over the damage.

According to the Lancaster City Fire Department, crews were called to the restaurant around 2:30 Monday morning for the fire that was seen coming through the roof. It took more than 2 dozen firefighters to put out the blaze.

“As the fire progressed the roof actually collapsed”, says Deputy Chief, David Melton with Lancaster City Fire Department.

Susan Pridgen and her grandson, Tanner would often eat at the restaurant.

“I’m just heartbroken, they are well liked, the food is great, they are so friendly and they go out of their way to help you”, says Susan.

What’s next is still up in the air for now, but one thing Luis knows for certain, his customers will continue to support him, for that, he’s thankful.

Lancaster fire officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Luis says the restaurant was opened for business Sunday night. He says he closed up and everything seemed fine. He says they do plan to rebuild and celebrate 27 years in service this September.

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