On November 16, 2017 at approximately 10:05 PM, the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a possible fire in a small restaurant. The restaurant, Paulita’s Mexican Food, located at 636 N Broadway. A structure fire response was dispatched to the location. The first arriving unit reported smoke coming from what appeared to be a large vent pipe on the roof. The units on scene made access to the building and located a small fire that was being held in check by a commercial kitchen suppression system.
Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes. The restaurant sustained moderate damage to the kitchen with minor to moderate smoke damage throughout the business. There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians. Four fire engines, one truck, one rescue ambulances and one Battalion Chief responded to the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and still undetermined at this time.