It took only about 20 minutes for firefighters to have the flames under control, but an April 21 fire caused substantial damage to the kitchen area of a La Vernia restaurant.
La Vernia Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jason Scheel said firefighters were dispatched to Mr. Tim’s Country Kitchen at 14138 U.S. 87 at 11:16 p.m.
“Fire was seen coming from the roof of the kitchen,” he said, noting that the kitchen is in an attachment to the main building.
St. Hedwig and Stockdale volunteer fire department units joined the La Vernia units at the scene, providing a total force of 30 firefighters. Four La Vernia emergency medical service personnel also responded.
The firefighters quickly confined the fire to the attached building.
“The fire was easily advancing toward the main structure,” Scheel said, “But it didn’t get in.”
Firefighters remained on the scene until about 2:15 a.m., he added. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
According to Facebook posts, owner Tim Smith said the restaurant will be closed for approximately two months, to allow for repairs.
The La Vernia VFD also responded to a fire at 3:24 a.m. April 14. Scheel said a shed adjoining a residence on Cruz Street in La Vernia was “fully engulfed” when firefighters arrived.
He explained that they kept the fire from damaging the inside of the residence and succeeded in rescuing two dogs from their kennels next to the shed.
Unfortunately, Scheel said, both dogs were injured in the fire, and one dog died soon afterwards.