DeLisle’s Old Cuevas Bistro destroyed in blaze
By Jace Ponder
Aug 1, 2014, 20:56
A late night fire on Wednesday destroyed Old Cuevas Bistro, a well-known restaurant on Menge Avenue.
Pass Christian Fire Chief Dwight Gordon said his department received a call about the fire around 11:45 p.m.
When a fire engine and rescue unit arrived on scene, heavy smoke and flames were coming from the attic, he said.
By the time firefighters were able to access the attic, flames were beginning to burn through the roof, he said.
Firefighters fought the blaze for three hours and prevented the fire from spreading to the owner’s house next door, about 40 feet from the restaurant.
In addition to Pass Christian, personnel from West Harrison, Cuevas, and Lizana fire departments and the Air National Guard responded, Gordon said.
Tanker trucks from various departments shuttled water to the scene like a bucket brigade, he said.
At first, firefighters tried to hook up to fire hydrants in the area, but the hydrants are not yet connected to the water supply. The hydrants are part of an ongoing Harrison County Utility Authority project to improve the water system countywide.
Currently, the utility authority is getting all the necessary easements to tie the system together.
Even with a working hydrant, Gordon said, the building would have been a total loss.
In all, 14 units and 25 men fought the fire, said Harrison County Fire Marshal Pat Sullivan.
“It was a hot and fast fire inside the restaurant,” he said. “It was a large building with a lot of fire.”
A unit from West Harrison stayed on the scene until Thursday morning to put out occasional hotspots.
Sullivan said the restaurant was open earlier in the day but no one was there when the fire began.
No one was injured in the fire and the cause is still under investigation, he said.
Old Cuevas Bistro was located at the site of a trading post first built in 1851. The original building burned in 1857 and was rebuilt later that year. It served as a post office, grocery, laundromat and restaurant over the years.