HENDERSON, N.C. (WNCN) — Emergency crews responded to a fire call at a Mexican restaurant in Henderson on Monday morning — the second Mexican restaurant in the town to catch fire in the last three weeks.
The Habanero Grill is closed as fire crews continue to battle the smoke and put out some hot spots after an early morning fire that the owner said is eerily similar to another fire at a restaurant in Henderson that happened three weeks ago.
“There’s pretty severe damage inside,” said Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell.
Authorities received the call at Habanero Grill, located at 116 Parham Road, shortly after 3 a.m.
Cordell said crews were able to quickly get a handle on the fire because Habanero Grill sits just a block away from Vance County Emergency Services.
“Fire units found heavy smoke and fire conditions,” said Cordell. “Guys made an interior attack, and got the fire knocked down and under control.”
The owner of the restaurant was on scene, but declined to comment on camera.
After seeing the inside of the restaurant, the owner said she saw similarities between the fire that gutted her business overnight, and the fire that destroyed Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant along Ruin Creek Road on the morning of Nov. 27.
“We’re still investigating both fires at this time with the help of the Henderson Police Department and the SBI,” said Cordell.
No injuries were reported at Habanero Grill and the cause of the fire has not been determined at this time.
Officials on scene told CBS 17 that it was too early to tell if the fire was suspicious.
The owner said the building is insured.