Fire causes $30K in damage to Hastings restaurant

Mexican Connexion Restaurant
Caution tape surrounds Mexican Connexion Restaurant in Hastings following a fire. (June 21, 2017)

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire that damaged a restaurant in Hastings.

Dispatchers say they took the call around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday for a fire at Mexican Connexion Restaurant, located at 131 S. Jefferson Street.

Dispatchers initially said it was a fully involved fire. However, Hastings Fire Chief Roger Caris said crews contained the flames to the kitchen area and had the fire knocked down in 20 minutes.

Mexican Connexion Restaurant
A sign posted on Mexican Connexion Restaurant following a June 21, 2017 fire.

The restaurant wasn’t open for business and no one was inside it at the time of the fire, Caris said. No one was injured.

Caris believes the fire started in the hood above the stove. The fire caused an estimated $30,000, according to the fire chief.

A note posted on the restaurant’s door said the business was closed because of the fire, but  would reopen soon.