Another Mexican Restaurant Burns! Habanero Grill Catches Fire in Early Morning Hours

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For the second time in less than three weeks, a local Mexican restaurant has caught on fire. Habanero Grill Mexican Restaurant, located on Parham Road in Henderson, caught on fire about 2:49 a.m., according to Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell. According to Cordell, the fire is under investigation and there are no reported injuries.

Visible at the scene was a smashed window and extensive damage. The roofline appears intact but proper damage assessment won’t happen until later today.

Habanero Grill owner, Blanca Yuri and her family, told WIZS News the restaurant will reopen, and hopefully soon. Yuri said the restaurant’s Facebook page would be kept up-to-date.

Yuri told WIZS News that someone broke into the restaurant and stole money from the safe. She said she suspects the thieves also set the business on fire. They are looking for answers and they are looking for who did it.

A video that was taken at the scene was placed on WIZS’ Facebook page earlier today.

Yuri told WIZS News that this fire appears to be very similar to what happened at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant on Ruin Creek Rd. on November 27. That fire is still under investigation, and no official cause has been released by the Henderson Fire Department or the State Bureau of Investigation.

A sad morning for the restaurant and its family, as well as Mexican food lovers in the area, as Habanero Grill is presently surrounded by police tape. It is located within the city limits.

Habanero Grill Mexican Restaurant, located on Parham Road in Henderson, caught on fire about 2:49 a.m. on December 17, 2018, according to Henderson Fire Chief Steve Cordell. According to Cordell, the fire is under investigation and there are no reported injuries. (Photo: WIZS News)

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About John C. Rose

John is a graduate of Northern Vance High School & UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism. He has been a radio personality since 1989.

John is the Marketing Consultant, News, Sports, & Town Talk Broadcaster, Technician, & Treasurer for WIZS Radio.

He is the current On-site Radio Engineer for Duke Basketball and Football and has been their scoreboard announcer in the past as well.

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