Austin’s Franklin Barbecue suffers serious fire early Saturday

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Updated 7:28 am, Saturday, August 26, 2017

One of the state’s most popular barbecue joints suffered a massive fire early Saturday morning, according to reports.

Franklin Barbecue, located in downtown Austin, has been a barbecue staple in Texas for years now and the destination for smoked meat lovers across the country. 

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Austin fire officials tweeted just before 6 a.m. Saturday that they had officials on the scene fighting a blaze at the location in the 900 block of East 11th. Within half an hour they reported that the situation at the two-story building had been controlled. 

Various news outlets in Austin began reporting the news, just as Hurricane Harvey’s rain bands began to snake across coastal Texas. 


Serious flames could be seen in footage and photos shot by those a block or so away. It appears the fire began at around 5:30 a.m. on the second floor of the restaurant. According to KXAN-TV this is when workers would begin arriving to prepare food for the day. 

Video shot at the scene at the height of the fire shows massive flames shooting from the roof, with the restaurant’s famous sign seen at the right of the fire.  

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Actual damage to the barbecue destination wasn’t yet known. Fire officials said in a statement that the fire was largely contained to the pit area. Smoke damage was also a concern. 

There was no word on injuries related to the fire. At one point it was believed that at least one person was inside the location. 

Franklin BBQ is well-known for attracting long lines of fans who have a near-religious devotion to the work of pitmaster Aaron Franklin. 


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