El Patron destroyed in blaze

Popular restaurant completely destroyed; cause of fire under investigation   Photo by Kyle Selby / The Valley ChronicleThe popular Mexican Grill & Cantina El Patron blazed for six hours on Thursday, before firefighters could contain the fire. ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter Popular restaurant El Patron Mexican Grill Cantina went up in flames last Thursday, Dec. 22, leaving nearly $900,000 worth of destruction in its wake. The fire broke out around 1:35 a.m. early Thursday morning, when Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire response arrived to find the restaurant shrouded in heavy smoke and collapsed inner structures. The restaurant closed at 9 p.m. that night; no injuries or victims have been reported.

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