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Papa Jack's in Downtown Kyle destroyed after overnight fire

Multiple roads were closed as crews respond to the fire.

KYLE, Texas — A fire that broke out overnight has destroyed a building in Downtown Kyle.

The Austin Fire Department assisted the Kyle Fire Department with the fire at Papa Jack's, located in the heart of Kyle on West Center Street. KVUE crews on the scene confirmed that the San Marcos Fire Department also responded.

The fire started at around 1:30 a.m. and was first spotted by Kyle police officers when they saw smoke coming from the building and into the alleyway. AFD said at 4:18 a.m. that the working fire had "gone defensive."

By around 8:30 a.m., KVUE crews on the scene said that the fire no longer appeared to be active and that fire crews had packed up hoses and were beginning to tear down some walls.

According to the Kyle Fire Department, no one was in the building at the time of the fire. The building houses Papa Jack's, a bar, and Jack's Axes, a new ax-throwing business that had not opened yet. The roof of the building collapsed and the building is considered a total loss.

Kyle firefighters said they do not know what the cause of the fire is yet.

The Kyle Fire Department said Center Street was closed through Downtown Kyle. The City of Kyle later said the following roadways were closed: 

  • Center Street from Burleson to Front streets
  • Lockhart Street from Front to Burleson streets
  • Main Street from Miller to Lockhart streets
  • Front Street from Miller to Center streets

Kyle City Hall will be closed through Friday, according to the City.

Other responding crews included the Buda Fire Department, North Hays Fire Rescue, South Hays Fire Department, San Marcos Hays County EMS, Kyle Police Department, Hays County CERT Volunteers and the Kyle Public Works Department.

Days before in Central Austin, beloved Texas French Bread also suffered a massive fire that destroyed the building. The business, which was set to celebrate its 40th year near the University of Texas, has a GoFundMe set up for employees.

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