Los Martinez closed for fire code violations

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
By order of Indiana State Fire Marshal James L. Greeson, Los Martinez restaurant in Greencastle has been closed since June 27.

Three fire safety violations at Los Martinez have kept the Greencastle restaurant closed for the last week.

A June 27 emergency order from Indiana State Fire Marshal James L. Greeson required the building at 11 W. Franklin St. be closed immediately and vacated for the purpose of preparing and selling food until the three violations could be corrected.

The problems all revolve around the restaurant's kitchen exhaust hood and exhaust fan. The fire marshal's order says there is significant grease buildup behind exhaust hood filters, in ductwork visible from apartment 4 and on top of the roof around the exhaust fan.

Additionally, the marshal's report said there is open electrical wiring in the closet of apartment 4 and on the roof that leads to the exhaust fan, another code violation.

The report finally said the hood is not being maintained, it leaks grease and is possible emitting carbon monoxide into apartment 4 and is in direct contact with combustible material.

Greencastle Fire Chief Bill Newgent said the city has been in contact with Mario and Jorge Martinez of Los Martinez. He said the business owners are working on getting a contractor to fix the problem and reopen.

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  • I like tacos!

    -- Posted by TheColonel on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 5:26 PM
  • The Colonel....Chicken or Deer?

    -- Posted by macvrod on Wed, Jul 6, 2011, at 5:53 PM
  • I think an interview with health department officials, regarding conditions of local eateries would be a good read.

    -- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 5:31 AM
  • Reread the story. This wasn't a health department issue.

    -- Posted by Sour Grapes on Thu, Jul 7, 2011, at 10:49 AM
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