A Mexican restaurant caught fire on Saturday morning in Avery County.

According to Linville Volunteer Fire department At about 11:30 Saturday morning Linville Firefighters were dispatched to assist Banner Elk with a report of smoke coming from the roof of a commercial structure. First-arriving units discovered heavy black smoke coming from the roof area. Within minutes, as additional trucks and personnel arrived, fire broke out on the roof and flames quickly intensified.

A countywide page was sent out and units from all over Avery County arrived to assist. The fire was extinguished and the bulk of the fire damage was limited to the cosmetic roofing elements.

The fire never entered the interior of the structure. the building is not a total loss and it is expected that the tenants will be back in business as soon as smoke damage can be mitigated.