Franklin Barbeque smokehouse destroyed in fire

Franklin Barbeque Fire on Aug. 26, 2017. (KXAN Photo)
Franklin Barbeque Fire on Aug. 26, 2017. (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The uber-popular Franklin Barbeque will be closed for an unknown amount of time after a fire destroyed the restaurant’s smokehouse early Saturday morning.

The Austin Fire Department says the fire started just before 5:30 a.m. after the wind blew an ember from the fire pit and it hit the backside of the building. When firefighters got there, there was heavy smoke coming from the backside of the building.

A cook who was working at the time called 911 to report the fire. He told AFD that four of the seven smokers in the building were operating when the fire started.

While the pit sustained damage, the restaurant was saved and only has light smoke damage, according to Battalion Chief Thayer Smith. The two are in separate buildings.

In an Instagram post, the restaurant said the smokehouse was destroyed but they plan to rebuild and reopen as soon as possible.

The damage is estimated to be a total of #350,000, with $200,000 for the structure and $150,000 of content.

Franklin Barbecue is located at 900 E. 11th St. It’s well known for its long line, and banned professional line-standers in 2015. Franklin Barbecue was damaged in April 2015 when a car crashed into the building and drove off, leaving a gaping hole in its dining room.

AFD crews work a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday. (Courtesy Joseph Lai)
AFD crews work a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday. (Courtesy Joseph Lai)

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