ENGLEWOOD — Every Englewood firefighter on duty Thursday was called upon to fight the fire at Taco Bell.

New Englewood Area Fire Chief Kevin Easton was across the street on his way to lunch when he looked over and saw flames shooting out from the roof. He didn’t hesitate to call for help on his radio.

The fire started on the roof and engulfed the back left corner of the building in the front corner of Palm Plaza, 1909 McCall Road.

Construction workers were doing exterior stucco renovations.

The fire was confined to the outside of the restaurant, mainly the roof. The inside did not burn, however a large amount of water and smoke damage was evident.

Nobody was injured.

“A few of us were meeting for lunch in the next plaza over from Taco Bell when the call came in,” said Richard Chapman, Englewood Fire Department fire prevention coordinator. “The chief was close by and I went to get an additional engine.”

When the chief arrived, the Taco Bell manager was evacuating customers and four employees. No one was hurt, Chapman said.

As firefighters battled the blaze, Taco Bell employees stayed in the parking lot. They were later questioned by the fire marshal. He also spoke with the construction workers on the site.

The fire didn’t spread to the front of the building or near the drive-through. However, Taco Bell will be closed until the building passes inspections.


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