‘Suspicious’ fire damages East Side Mexican restaurant

Fire was called in around 4:15 a.m. at Papis Mexican Restaurant in 2800 block of E. Houston St.

San Antonio fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a “suspicious” fire at an East Side restaurant early Tuesday morning.

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a “suspicious” fire at an East Side restaurant early Tuesday morning.

The fire was called in around 4:15 a.m. at Papis Mexican Restaurant in the 2800 block of East Houston Street, not far from North Walters Street and the AT&T Center.

Firefighters said when they arrived, they found flames on the back of the restaurant and a strong smell of accelerant. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, fire officials said.

Damage to the restaurant was described as minor. A fire investigation team is now working to figure out the exact cause.

No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.


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