Update: Paradiso general manager hopes to reopen quickly after early morning fire

Fargo firefighters were called to Paradiso at 801 38th St. S. shortly after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23.

Fargo firefighters extinguish fire at Paradiso Mexican Restaurant
Fargo firefighters cut into the roofline of Paradiso Mexican Restaurant at 801 38th St. S. shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2022

FARGO — The Paradiso at 801 38th St. S in south Fargo was closed Wednesday, March 23, after a fire broke out in the early morning hours.

According to Paradiso general manager Neil Clouse, the cause of the fire was electric in nature.

"(It was) very fortunate ... that it was just a small area in the entryway and front part of our bar, so (it's) really not going to hinder us from reopening as quick as we can," Clouse said.

Fire crews were dispatched to the restaurant at 3:07 a.m. for reports of smoke coming from the building.

Firefighters pulled hose lines from their truck and extinguished the flames after forcing their way into the building and opening an exterior wall and part of the roof, according to Fargo fire officials.


Firefighters found a small fire in the roof and walls of the building.

"Crews searched the building and confirmed there was no one inside. The fire was stopped before it could extend to other parts of the building," the fire department said in a statement.

No injuries were reported. It's estimated the fire caused an $150,000 in damage. Despite damage to the entryway and part of the bar area, management plans to reopen the restaurant as quickly as possible.

Fire crews were dispatched at 3:07 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2022, to Paradiso at 801 38th St. S., in Fargo for reports of smoke coming from the building. No external damage was visible after the sun rose.
David Samson / The Forum

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