UPDATED: Fire Breaks Out on El Centro Roof

by Borderstan.com April 4, 2016 at 11:15 am 1 Comment

(Updated at 12:38 p.m.) A fire erupted on the roof of a popular 14th Street Mexican restaurant and bar earlier today.

The roof of El Centro, located at 1819 14th St. NW, caught fire around 11 a.m. this morning, according to restaurant manager Steven Tavel.

A bystander spotted smoke above the building and came into the restaurant to say “your roof is on fire,” Tavel told a Borderstan reporter on the scene.

About a dozen employees were evacuated from the building as a result of the fire, Tavel said. No customers were in the building at the time the fire broke out, he added.

“I’m happy that everyone’s safe,” Tavel said.

Pacers, the running store next door to El Centro, is still open, according to CEO and co-owner Kathy Dalby. Though the fire left a slight smell in the store, it’s “not bad,” Dalby added.

Several readers tweeted us after the fire broke out:


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