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Blazing fire destroys popular Overland Mexican restaurant

Blazing fire destroys popular Overland Mexican restaurant

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Fire destroys popular Mexican restaurant in Overland

Firefighters put out the last of the flames at the Taqueria Durango in Overland on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Owner Miguel Lopez said the fire started around the frying oil. Lopez said they tried to put out the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly. Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years and owned the building for the past 3 or 4 years. No one was injured. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

OVERLAND — A blazing fire burned down an Overland Mexican restaurant on Thursday afternoon, according to a dispatch supervisor at Central 911 Emergency. 

Dispatchers got a call at 3:38 p.m. about the fire at Taqueria Durango, located at 10238 Page Avenue.

The fire was a second-alarm fire, and was put out at 4:13 p.m.

The restaurant owner, Miguel Lopez, told a Post-Dispatch photographer the fire started with frying oil. He stated they tried to use fire extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly.

Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years, and owned the building for the past three or four years.

Community Fire Protection District is the lead agency investigating the fire, and more than 10 fire departments in the area responded to the fire, according to the dispatch service. 

The supervisor said they were not called to transport anyone with injuries from the fire. 

The restaurant was listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in St. Louis by Ian Froeb in 2019.  

Fire destroys popular Mexican restaurant in Overland

Taqueria Durango restaurant owner Miguel Lopez, at left, is hugged in Overland on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after his restaurant was destroyed by fire. Lopez said the fire started around the frying oil. Lopez said they tried to put out the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly. Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years and owned the building for the past 3 or 4 years. No one was injured. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Fire destroys popular Mexican restaurant in Overland

Isidora Lopez, co-owner with her husband of the Taqueria Durango restaurant in Overland, cries after the restaurant was destroyed by fire on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Her husband, Miguel Lopez, said the fire started around the frying oil. Lopez said they tried to put out the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly. Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years and owned the building for the past 3 or 4 years. No one was injured. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Fire destroys popular Mexican restaurant in Overland

Family members watch as firefighters put out the last of the flames at the Taqueria Durango in Overland on Thursday, March 5, 2020. Owner Miguel Lopez, at right, said the fire started around the frying oil. Lopez said they tried to put out the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly. Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years and owned the building for the past 3 or 4 years. No one was injured. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Fire destroys popular Mexican restaurant in Overland

Taqueria Durango restaurant owner Miguel Lopez, at left, is hugged in Overland on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after his restaurant was destroyed by fire. Lopez said the fire started around the frying oil. Lopez said they tried to put out the fire with extinguishers, but the smoke and flames spread too quickly. Lopez said he has run the restaurant for 22 years and owned the building for the past 3 or 4 years. No one was injured. Photo by J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com

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