(Photo courtesy of Candace Velvin, The Cameron Herald)
CAMERON (October 30, 2012)--The debris left after fire raced through the Longhorn Bar and Grill last Wednesday in Cameron so far has hampered investigators who are trying to find a cause for the blaze, but the state fire marshal is expected back at the scene on Wednesday to try again.
A spokesman for the Cameron Fire Department said Tuesday there is so much debris inside the building that fire marshals were unable to adequately investigated the blaze last week but the fire marshal has arranged for some heavy equipment to be on hand Wednesday to clear some of the remaining debris.
That should allow for a closer inspection of the remnants of the building so the fire marshal can establish a cause, the spokesman said.
Cameron Fire Chief Henry Horelica said last week firefighters were sent at around 3:45 Wednesday to the 306 South Columbus and the first units on the scene reported flames coming from the front of the building and plumes of heavy smoke throughout.
Horelica said his department had two pumpers, both with deck nozzles, on the building throughout he fight but it still took more than seven hours to control the flames.
Firefighters initially planned to enter the building, but the roof began caving in and that effort was thwarted, Horelica said.
Firefighters from Rockdale and Milano were sent to the scene to provide additional manpower.
The building first saw use as the Knights of Columbus Hall and later an addition provided a bowling alley.
The business later was sold to the present owners who opened the Longhorn Bar and Grill.
The building was in use when the fire started, but no one was there at the time.