Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Arson Suspected in Eatery Fire.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Jeff Jones Journal Staff Writer

* South Valley restaurant has been frequent target of vandalism

A South Valley fast-food restaurant that has been hit by vandalism in recent months was destroyed by an apparent arson fire early Monday.

The loss is estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.

The blaze at the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut Express restaurant at 3555 Isleta SW was reported about 4:15 a.m. Monday, a Bernalillo County dispatch worker said.

County fire department Lt. Dan Bourne said he and other firefighters who pulled up to the restaurant were met with heavy smoke, and it took several hours to douse the flames.

"Once it got through the roof, it was burning real good," Bourne said. …

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