Updated 12:10 pm
(See interview of restaurant owner Rafael Hernandez.)
Bay City News -- A firefighter injured early Tuesday morning while battling a two-alarm blaze in downtown San Leandro has been released from the hospital, fire officials said.
The incident began at 2:07 am when heavy smoke was reported at the Tequila Grill restaurant at 1350 E. 14th St. near Estudillo Avenue, Alameda County Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Figuera said.
Firefighters saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the taqueria upon arrival.
The fire was upgraded from a one-alarm fire with 21 firefighters responding to a two-alarm fire with a total of 33 firefighters responding at the height of the fire.
Figuera said the fire may have started in a dumpster behind the restaurant, but the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire was under control by 2:45 a.m. The injured firefighter was transported to the hospital and later released.
CBS5 television interviewed the fire chief after the blaze was extinguished.