Brownsville (KMTR) – A restaurant in the historic area of downtown Brownsville was nearly destroyed in an overnight fire.
The 3-alarm fire was so intense dispatchers had to call in firefighters from several departments.
The fire broke out just before Monday at the century-old Corner Café on the 400-block of Main Street.
The building was constructed around 1878. Fire gutted the building and everything inside, but the Brownsville fire chief says he thinks part of the structure can be refurbished.
More than 35 firefighters were needed to get the fire under control. Firefighters say the flames climbed up into the building’s rafters. No one was hurt.
Well into Tuesday morning, firefighters kept a close eye on the smoldering ruins, according to Dennis Weis of the Tangent Fire Department.
“They're looking for something to rekindle and they don't want something like that, because the buildings are so close. The next building is only about four inches away,” Weis said.
Investigators have not yet determined a cause for the fire.