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Austin fire damages House Park Bar-B-Que

It's been in business since 1943 and is Austin's oldest barbecue pit.

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin fire crews are trying to figure out what started a fire that damaged a legendary barbecue restaurant.

The fire happened after midnight Dec. 1 at House Park Bar-B-Que on West 12th Street near North Lamar Boulevard.

According to the Austin Fire Department, 30 firefighters responded to put out the fire. The department shared photos of the fire on Twitter.

Below is what the restaurant looked like before the fire, courtesy of the restaurant's Instagram page.

Credit: House Park Bar-B-Que

The restaurant suffered extensive fire and smoke damage, AFD said.

According to the restaurant's website, it's been in business since 1943 and is Austin's oldest barbecue pit.

The owners have started a GoFundMe with a $100,000 goal to help it rebuild. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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