Fire reported at Liberty fast food restaurant

Liberty Fire Department responded to a fire call at Popeye's restaurant around 5 p.m. Saturday.

A report of a fire at the Popeye’s restaurant, 1710 US 90 in Liberty, disrupted business Saturday evening around 5 p.m.

According to Liberty Fire Chief Bryan Hurst, smoke in the building prompted a call for assistance. When firefighters arrived, they looked for smoke inside a wall where the smoke had been spotted. However, no evidence of a fire could be found.

“Some of the ceiling collapsed, but that wasn’t caused by a fire,” Hurst said.

Outside the restaurant, firefighters found what is believed to have been the origin of the smoke — mulch in the flower beds that appears to have been ignited. Chief Hurst suspects a discarded lit cigarette might have started the blaze.

According to Hurst, the smoke likely wafted into the building, creating the concern about a possible fire inside the building.

“The ceiling that collapsed created a mess that the restaurant will have to clean up before they can reopen,” Hurst said.

By Vanesa Brashier,

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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