Restaurant fire on Lake Livingston battled by firefighters from four counties

Fire destroyed the Indian Hill Restaurant on Lake Livingston Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Lakin Neal)

A restaurant in the Indian Hill Subdivision, 229 Indian Hill Blvd., on Lake Livingston is a total loss following a fire that began around 11:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters from 11 departments spanning four counties were called upon to help battle the fire. 

According to Scenic Loop Fire Chief Don Marlow, when firefighters arrived at Indian Hill Restaurant, the north side of the building was heavily involved with fire. 

“Once the other units got there, the north wind was pushing the fire pretty quickly throughout the building,” Marlow said. “There was nothing we could do to stop it. Conditions were not in our favor.”

The fire originated in the bar area of the restaurant. The cause of the fire is unknown. Marlow has notified the state fire marshal’s office, which will help with the investigation. 

Firefighters representing Scenic Loop, Onalaska, Livingston, Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation and South Polk County of Polk County; Cleveland, Tarkington, North Liberty and Plum Grove from Liberty County; Point Blank from San Jacinto County; and Trinity County joined forces to bring the fire under control. 

By 5:30 a.m., all but Scenic Loop firefighters were released from the scene. An hour later, Scenic Loop firefighters cleared the scene.

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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