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Cancun restaurant reduced to ash after afternoon palapa fire

Cancun, Q.R. — Although no injuries were reported, the majority of a Cancun restaurant was reduced to ash in a fire. On Wednesday afternoon, Cancun firemen doused what was left of the restaurant with water in an attempt to avoid more flames.

According to the Cancun Fire Department, they responded to public reports of a fire inside Restaurant la Vietnamita (Pho’King) on Avenida Huayacán. The fire happened around 4:00 p.m. when two palapas began to smolder.

Within minutes, the smolder burst into flames that quickly ate away at the grass topped roofs. Those inside were able to get out without incident. Traffic was backed up due to the presence of rescue teams, fire trucks and ambulances.

Cancun emergency services reported no injuries in the afternoon restaurant fire. Photo: Bomberos Cancun August 16, 2023.

The Cancun Fire Department made a brief statement regarding their Wednesday efforts. “We proceeded to the report of the fire dispatched by 911 on Avenida Huayacán in Restaurant la Vietnamita with attending personnel from base 5 reg-510.

“They reported two palapas which were controlled without injuries. Quintana Roo Police and Civil Protection personnel were present.”