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Investigators seek cause of fire that destroyed taqueria, damaged Family Dollar

Firefighters with the Lexington Fire Department remained at the scene of a structure fire at a strip shopping center, 481 West New Circle Rd., Friday, December 20, 2013. The fire department was called late Thursday night and it took firefighters at least an hour to get the flames under control. The Family Dollar and an adjacent restaurant, San Panchos Taqueria, were both badly damaged. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
Firefighters with the Lexington Fire Department remained at the scene of a structure fire at a strip shopping center, 481 West New Circle Rd., Friday, December 20, 2013. The fire department was called late Thursday night and it took firefighters at least an hour to get the flames under control. The Family Dollar and an adjacent restaurant, San Panchos Taqueria, were both badly damaged. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff Herald-Leader

Investigators on Friday worked to determine the cause of a late-night fire that destroyed a restaurant and heavily damaged a Family Dollar store in Lexington.

Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said firefighters were keeping an eye on hot spots to prevent flare-ups during the day Friday.

The fire, at a shopping center at 481 West New Circle Road, was reported just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Nantz said the blaze apparently started inside the San Pancho's Taqueria restaurant and spread to the adjoining Family Dollar store.

Nantz described the restaurant as a total loss. The store had significant damage to its roof and the front of the building, he said.

"I'd say they aren't going to be open for a while," he said.

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