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Fire takes out central Phoenix eatery

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- Fire gutted a restaurant in central Phoenix early Tuesday morning but no one was injured.

Dozens of Phoenix firefighters knocked down the fire at a Julioberto's Mexican restaurant near 32nd Street and McDowell Road that ignited around 4 a.m.

Flames shot out of the drive-thru window and out of the roof. Fire investigators will try to pinpoint a cause.

A fire department spokesman said restaurant fires are difficult to fight because of the large counters and limited space in the kitchen to run hose lines.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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