Weed Fire Captain Kent Cunningham said the fire was well established when units arrived at 11:15 p.m. Sunday night, and its progress wasn't stopped until about 2:30 or 3 a.m. Monday morning.
Fire crews fought through the night on Sunday to put out a fire in Silva’s Family Restaurant and BBQ located in south Weed.
City of Weed Fire Captain Kent Cunningham said they stopped the fire’s progress about 2:30 or 3 a.m. on Monday.
The fire, which Cunningham estimated caused damage to 85% of the building, was well established when units arrived on scene about 11:15 p.m.
Crews began fighting the fire from inside the building with an aggressive offensive attack, he said. “Smoke was to the floor. The heat was intense.”
He explained they changed strategies to a defensive attack outside the building when it became unsafe to continue from the inside. Using Dunsmuir engine 820, they were able to get water to the roof from the ariel pumping platform.
“We try and save as much as we can as fast as we can,” said Cunningham. “What little bit that we save helps the fire victims. We learned that in the boles fire.”
Cunningham said the kitchen area received the most damage.
Fire engines from Mount Shasta City and Dunsmuir, along with CAL FIRE crews from McCloud, Yreka, Weed, and Macdoel also responded to the fire. Approximately 25 personnel were on scene.
Cunningham said the restaurant, the first business to ever locate in south Weed, was closed at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
The Siskiyou County Arson Task Force will be conducting an investigation. Cunningham explained that the city calls in the task force whenever a large commercial structure is involved in a fire. “If they can determine the cause, it’s something everyone can learn from,” he said.