Massive fire burns East Nashville restaurant

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Dozens of fire trucks and police cars blocked the 3000 block of Gallatin Pike late Tuesday night as a popular Inglewood restaurant went up in flames. The restaurant is a popular hangout for the Inglewood/East Nashville GLBT community.

Just before midnight, firefighters were called to Las Fiestas Charras Mexican Restaurant at 3935 Gallatin Road. Large flames and smoke were pouring from the rear of the building when firefighters arrived. Due to hot temperatures outside, crews called for two additional fire engines to assist.

It took nearly 15 minutes for firefighters to contain the fire. There was extensive fire damage to the kitchen area and water damage to the dining section. Investigators were called to the scene to search for the cause of the blaze.

Las Fiesta Charras has a sister restaurant downtown, Fiesta Mexicana, located at 416 4th Ave S., Nashville, TN 37201.