NORMAN — A fire early Saturday destroyed a Mexican food restaurant, authorities said.
Firefighters were called about 1:15 a.m. to On The Border, 3000 William Pereira, on the city’s west side.
The fire was “significant” when firefighters arrived, with heavy smoke throughout the building said Norman Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey.
Two employees were in the building when the fire erupted, and both escaped unharmed, Bailey said.
About 29 firefighters from six fire stations responded to the fire, Bailey said. Firefighters had to back out of the building when the roof began to collapse, he said.
Bailey said the estimated damage to the building was $2.5 million, with $500,000 in damage to the building’s contents.
“It’s virtually a total loss,” he said.
The fire appeared to have started above the building’s ceiling, Bailey said. Fire marshals still are investigating the cause.