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Photos: Barrow landmark, Pepe's North of the Border, burns to the ground

Pepe's North of the Border restaurant, Barrow.
Loren Holmes photo
Pepe's North of the Border Restaurant, Barrow.
TravelingOtter / cc via flickr
Pepe's North of the Border Restaurant burned to the ground on Saturday morning, August 31, 2013. The restaurant was a Barrow landmark.
Courtesy Mack Pennington
Pepe's North of the Border Restaurant burned to the ground on Saturday morning, August 31, 2013. The restaurant was a Barrow landmark.
Courtesy Mack Pennington
Pepe's North of the Border Restaurant, Barrow.
Terry Feuerborn / cc via flickr
Jerzy Shedlock

The most famous Mexican restaurant above the Arctic Circle caught fire in the early morning Saturday. Despite North Slope Borough firefighters battling the blaze for hours, little is left of Pepe’s North of the Border restaurant, owned by Fran Tate, in Barrow, Alaska.

The building and all its contents were consumed in the blaze. Crews managed to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent structures, and no one was injured. The embers are wet and cold, but the cause is still being investigated. And the potent mixture of shock and loss is still sharp as smoke among those familiar with Tate and Pepe's.

Read more: Will landmark Barrow eatery rise from the ashes