Neuenschwander KOKOMO – An early
Wednesday morning fire to the roof of Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
caused smoke damage to the interior of the building.
No injuries were
reported, and the damage is estimated around $6,000, according to a
Kokomo Fire Department report.
According to KFD Chief
Nick Glover, the fire started in an air-handling unit on the roof,
where it was contained. The fire report said fire personnel arrived on
the scene at 1:07 a.m. and were there until 2:13 a.m.
No flames reached the
interior of the restaurant, Glover said, but the building was filled
with “heavy smoke.” He said the fire’s origin was most likely
“mechanical in nature” and started with a problem in the air-handling
The report indicates when
fire fighters arrived there was smoke coming from the center of the
roof, and from multiple vents. Infrared cameras revealed that there was
no dangerous heat within the actual restaurant, but it was filling with
When fire fighters
checked the vents on the roof, they found that the interior of the
central air unit was completely involved in flame. It took them less
than five minutes and 300 gallons of water to put out the blaze. Smoke
from the roof was spread throughout the building via air vents.
Reports go on to say fire
personnel conducted ventilation of the building before leaving the
Following a phone call to
Hacienda, a staff person who chose not to identify herself said staff
planned to open the restaurant at around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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