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Taco Casa Owner Speaks about Thursday's Fire

Two Wichita Falls businesses remain closed today after a two alarm fire rips through the two buildings that are next door to each other. 

Two Wichita Falls businesses remain closed today after a two alarm fire rips through the two buildings that are next door to each other. 

Firefighters were called to the Sprint 24 convenience store, off Southwest Parkway just after 6 Thursday night. 

Fire Marshal David Collins says the business was experiencing an electrical problem and called yesterday to have it repaired. But before crews could arrive, fire sparked in the ceiling and flames spread quickly throughout the business and caused smoke damage to Taco Casa located next to the store. 

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but according to Taco Casa owner Craig Martindale, the food chain will have to have its ceiling re-insulated and damages are estimated at $50,000.

 He expects Taco Casa to reopen within two weeks. Martindale was unable to give an on camera interview but did release this statement:

"The staff and I at Taco Casa are very thankful for all the comments and prayers. We are very sorry that this has happened but plan on bringing Taco Casa back better and stronger and we can't wait to start serving our customers again."
Martindale also wanted to send a special thank you to the Wichita Falls Fire Department as well as other local businesses for their support.
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