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Firefighter Injured In Downtown Blaze Released

A two-alarm fire hit the Taqueria Grill on East 14th Street near Estudillo Avenue in downtown San Leandro early Tuesday morning.


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.

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Ken Briggs September 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
sorry for the injured fireman , but if the fire was in a dumpser and was next to the building, then it is time for the city and fire department check this out and make these places put the dump bins in and enclosed area with a fire alarm in them so not building or LIFE like a firemam or woman gets hurt . now when is the cafe going to be back up and running ?
Tom Abate September 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
not soon. I was down there and will have a story later; lotsa water damage
Peggy McGregory September 19, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Sad to hear about the firefighter as well as the restaurant. It is one of our favorite places to go for lunch after church in Sundays.


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