Beloved Lafayette Taco Truck Heavily Damaged After Catching Fire

A popular food truck in Lafayette suffered severe fire damage after catching fire overnight.

Just after midnight, Lafayette firefighters responded to a report of smoke from a food truck parked near the Coin Laundry on the 1900 block of W. University Avenue.

Alton Trahan, public relations officer for the Lafayette Fire Department, said heavy flames could be seen from the window of the Taqueria El Dollar #1 food truck. Officials were able to extinguish the fire within 10 minutes, but the truck still suffered severe fire damage.

Lafayette Fire Department

Lafayette Fire Department

Trahan says the food truck owners said that when they shut down around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night (October 16), everything was working properly. The employees exited the truck at around 10:30 p.m.

According to investigators, the fire started on a small two-burner stovetop with a pot of oil (used for cooking) on ​​it. It was found that the burner was not turned off before staff exited the food truck and a fire ensued within two hours.

An accident was determined to be the cause of the fire.

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