AWNING FIRE TEMPORARILY CLOSES MEXICAN RESTAURANT PEPITO’S

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Tuscaloosa Mexican restaurant Pepito’s caught fire Sunday, but the blaze didn’t start in the kitchen.

Owner Jamie Narajo said he noticed smoke outside under the restaurant’s awning around 6:30 that evening. When he went to investigate, he said he found a light on fire.

Firefighters spent about an hour putting out the blaze. Only the awning was damaged.

Narajo said he’s thanking a higher power the fire wasn’t worse.

“Thanks to god that was a minor situation,” he said. “We’re lucky.”

Narajo said he’s hoping the restaurant will be open for business by Wednesday. Pepito’s is located at 1301 McFarland Blvd. NE.

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