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EARLY FRIDAY BLAZE DESTROYS BUSINESS THAT HAD BEEN CLOSED SINCE AUG. 12 INCIDENT
After nearly a month of being closed because of an August fire that damaged its electrical system, the Pizza Hut restaurant on Oak Street in downtown Pearsall was reduced to ruins in another blaze on Friday, September 8.
Pearsall Volunteer Fire Department Chief Placido Aguilar reported that firefighters arrived at the restaurant at around 3:30 a.m. on Friday to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.
“We had to take an exterior defense,” the fire chief said in a phone interview earlier this week. “We had to attack the fire from the outside because the building was not safe, to fight the fire from the interior.”
Firefighters were unable to rescue the building and its roof collapsed within 30 minutes of their arrival, the department reported.
The popular pizza restaurant had been closed since Saturday, August 12, when an afternoon fire caused by faulty electrical circuits caused a blaze inside the building.
During the August incident, firefighters had to remove ventilation fixtures from the roof in order to access the source of the fire.
At this time, according to investigators, the cause of the recent fire remains under investigation.
Aguilar is extending his department’s thanks to the Dilley VFD for its support in the Sept. 8 incident.