San Saba: Loss of town’s only grocery store ‘devastating’

Fire broke out early Friday morning in a grocery store in San Saba. (Courtesy photo)
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SAN SABA, Texas (KWTX) Fire officials and police were investigating Friday morning after San Saba’s only full-service grocery store was destroyed overnight by fire.

No one was injured.

"It's very devastating," resident Jana Lackey said.

"This is our one and only grocery store."

The fire could not have come at a worse time.

Residents were already struggling to keep their pantries stocked with essentials amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

City and county officials are trying to arrange for temporary quarters so the store can continue to operate.

The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Friday at Lowe’s Grocery at 1204 West Wallace in San Saba, and the blaze gutted the building and left it a pile of ash.

A San Saba County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said Lowe’s was the only store in town with fresh produce and meat, but there is a Dollar General where some goods are available.

San Saba, with about 2,600 residents, is county seat of San Saba County, where 5,841 people live.