A fire at Fong Restaurant in El Centro on Thursday night appears to be related to two fires earlier this year at the neighboring Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo office.
The El Centro Fire Department responded to the restaurant at 1461 S. 4th St. at 11:32 p.m. Thursday and found the electrical panel on the business's exterior south wall ablaze, said fire Capt. Wayne Cartee.
While the flames extended into the attic, there was no fire or smoke inside the restaurant, Cartee said.
Firefighters cautiously put water on the electrical panel and were able to contain the fire while waiting for Imperial Irrigation District employees to shut off the facility's power before extinguishing the flames, Cartee said.
Firefighters cut a hole in the building's roof and extinguished the attic flames with a crew on the roof and one firefighter inside the attic, Cartee said.