Popular Texas Bar Destroyed by Fast Moving Fire

EL PASO, Texas --

The Texas Tornado lounge, a bar in the lower valley was consumed in flames Monday. Fire officials received a call at 4:43 a.m and responded to the business.

They arrived to heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of the lounge.

Fire Chief J.R Renteria said the conditions were unattainable, and upon arrival of the battalion fire chief he requested a condition four on the fire.

Conditions inside became to dangerous and fire crews were forced to pull out of the interior of the lounge and combat flames from the outside on ladders. The fire was officially put out around 5:30 a.m.

There were no reports of any injuries and the fire was prevented from spreading to the surrounding businesses. The owner of Texas Tornado along with family members stood outside while officials continued to clear out the area.

One Stop Print Shop is located to the right of the lounge and was saved from the flames. Victor Tarin the owner said he was relieved his business was rescued from the blaze but said the fire was devastating and expressed sympathy for the owner and family of the lounge.

Fire officials said 50 percent of the roof had collapsed and the Lounge suffered severe fire, smoke and water damages. Investigators have not yet determined the cause or an estimate of damages.

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