Investigators have determined that the fire that destroyed a cafe in the heart of Wimberley was accidental.
Authorities say they were called to the Cypress Creek Cafe in Wimberley Square around 1:55 a.m. Tuesday, May 30. Shortly after arriving, crews called for mutual aid from other departments. North Hays County, Kyle and San Marcos were among the departments responded to the fire, and Wimberley Fire Chief Carroll Czichos said Wimberley Fire will most likely be on site most of the day preventing any hot spots from flaring up.
Firefighters entered the cafe to begin battling the fire, but authorities reported hearing a loud explosion inside and crews evacuated to fight the fire from outside. Czichos told KVUE they believe the fire started on the kitchen side of the restaurant, and that the owners who live on the second floor got out safely. One dog and two cats died in the fire.
Czichos said the building - which was built in the early 1900s - is considered to be a total loss with damage estimated around $750,000.
Ranch Road 12, which goes through the square, was closed for several hours after the fire and reopened to traffic around 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Here's a look from the back of the Cypress Creek Café as crews continue to work on the scene. pic.twitter.com/4CC70w1IAA— Jay Wallis (@KVUEJayWallis) May 30, 2017
On June 8, the Hays County Office of Emergency Management announced that the fire was determined to have been accidental. Investigators believe it started in the kitchen and found no evidence of arson or any other cause.
The Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning said that the owners, who lived above the cafe, were lucky to get out in time.
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