Local restaurant damaged after fire

YUMA, Ariz. – Kathy Parrish described what it was like to watch a lifelong dream go up in flames.

“Heartbreaking. 8 years of our lives gone,” she explained.

She found out her restaurant, Parrish’s Bar and Grill, was on fire when she got on Facebook late Saturday night.

“I sat down at the kitchen table and got on my phone onto Facebook, and the first post was a picture of our building that said ‘Parrish’s on fire,” Parrish said.

Customers continuously drove by Tuesday morning checking out the damage left behind from the blaze. Investigators said they believe it started in the attic above the bar.

Karen Tracy had planned to celebrate her birthday there.

“We were gonna meet and have something to eat and have a few drinks and schedule it somewhere else,” Tracy said.

The restaurant staffed about 10 people, a number that normally triples in the winter.

Kia Drey was one of the bartenders.

“It means to try to find a job at the worst time of the year,” Drey said.

She and her coworkers had all left before the flames broke out. Kia said the building was like a second home to her.

“The customers were all like family, and my bosses were the best bosses that you could probably have,” Drey said.

That sentiment is shared by many throughout the Foothills community.

“Everybody knew each other, and if you didn’t know somebody, you did within fifteen minutes, because everybody was so friendly,” Tracy said.

The owner’s of Parrish’s said they are not sure when they will be able to reopen the restaurant, but they said they are determined to be open for business once again.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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