Posted on July 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM
Wednesday, Jul 11 at 11:07 AM
FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas—Flames shot as high as 100 feet into the air as a 5-alarm fire swept through a popular bar in Fort Bernd County early Wednesday.
Trav’s Roadhouse on FM 762, just south of Highway 59, was packed with people having a good time when flames sent them running from the building.
Employees and bar patrons first smelled smoke, then saw flames around 11 p.m. They grabbed fire extinguishers and whatever they could to try and put out the fire, but the flames were just too intense and moving quickly.
Firefighters from Richmond, Sugar Land, Needville and Fairchild joined together to battle the massive blaze; pumping nearly 100,000 gallons of water to douse out the flames.
The fire was finally brought under control around 2 a.m.
“I really could not believe it, it just doesn’t seem possible,” said Joann Watkins, the owner of the 30-year-old bar. “And it was in good shape to be so old. It had a brand new roof on it.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but employees suspect it could be electrical.