A second-alarm fire destroyed a building containing a Carl’s Jr. and the Green Burrito on the corner of Cave Creek and Bell roads shortly after 9 p.m. Aug. 24.
The Phoenix Fire Department responded to reports of fire and smoke coming from the single-story building. Four employees and one patron safely evacuated the building before firefighters arrived on scene. No injuries were reported.
When firefighters arrived, they were met with heavy smoke and fire bursting from the top and sides of the building, according to reports. Responders initially went to work inside the building, securing a water supply. However, the fire then spread to an empty attic space, weakening the structural integrity of the building.
At that point, a second alarm was called, and firefighters transitioned to an exterior approach. Multiple ladder crews were set up and engine crews set up master streams on the ground to fight the fire. Reports stated the crews eventually controlled the fire and stayed overnight to mop up hotspots.
The Carl’s Jr./ Green Burrito building, located at 2343 E. Bell Road, is a “total loss,” according to David Ramirez, a public information officer for the Phoenix Fire Department. Ramirez said the fire started in the kitchen, but the cause is still under investigation.