Austin’s beloved Texas French Bread bakery destroyed in overnight fire

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KVUE — A beloved bakery near the University of Texas at Austin campus is a total loss after a fire ripped through the business Monday evening Jan. 24 and Tuesday morning.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. Monday at Texas French Bread on Rio Grande Street, just down the street from the West Campus neighborhood and North Lamar Boulevard. When firefighters arrived, they say the flames were coming from the roof of the bakery.

Firefighters fought the fire from inside for about an hour, but then the building became dangerous and they had to intervene to put out the fire from the outside. The roof eventually collapsed.

No one was injured in the fire, but the building is iconic for downtown Austin. Firefighters say it’s a total loss.

As of 6am Tuesday 25th January the fire was nearly out but crews were still monitoring for hot and smoldering spots as there were so many layers due to the roof collapsing.

Residents struggle to understand the damage. Many people have already shared on social media what the building and the bakery meant to them. Some people even showed up Tuesday morning to see the damage for themselves.

Texas French Bread celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Before the building was a bakery, it was the famous Rome Inn, a concert hall in the 1970s where artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton played.

The cause of the fire is not known at this time, but fire crews believe much of it appeared to be in the roof and ceiling area. Crews said that due to the extensive damage, it might be difficult to find the exact source of the fire. Arson investigators were brought in to look at all potential causes.

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