Nathan Gogo here with the weekend outlook: A chilly evening ahead for Saturday. Temps will fall into the mid 30's. Gradual clearing is on tap for Sunday with temperatures still cool with high's near 50.
WHARTON (August 6, 2014) Hinze's Bar-B-Q in Wharton went up in flames Monday evening just before the dinner rush after a pit fire got out of control.
The landmark Texas barbecue restaurant, which was a roadside staple on U.S. Highway 59 for more than 40 years, burned to the ground.
A grease fire started in a barbecue pit behind the restaurant and spread to flammable liquids in the kitchen area, Wharton’s fire chief said.
At least 70 firefighters from several departments battled the flames, a constable said.
Smoke was visible from 12 miles away.
No one was injured.
The owners are working with their insurance company and will likely rebuild from scratch, an employee said.
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