An early morning fire gutted a popular Mexican restaurant in Marietta.
The fire at the Frontera restaurant on Powers Ferry Road was reported around 4 a.m. Tuesday. No one was inside at the time.
Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington says officials believe the fire appears to have started in the hood of the fryer, back in the kitchen area.
Crews continued putting out hotspots around 8 a.m.
One firefighter injured his ankle and was taken to a local hospital as a precaution.
Officials aren’t sure if the restaurant had a working fire alarm. They believe only the burglary alarm was going off at the time of the fire.
Many of the employees, who considered themselves family, are very upset.
“This is partially my home and to see it gone like this,” said employee Claudia Augenbroe. “It’s so upsetting to me.”
Frontera tweeted they are working to relocate staff to other locations.
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