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Cactus Jack's in Temple considered 'total loss' after fire destroys building

Posted at 9:07 AM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 16:50:09-04

TEMPLE, TX — Temple Fire and Rescue responded to a structure fire at Cactus Jack's Sports Cantina in Temple at 8:13 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7.

Officials say the fire was accidental and that it started in the front exterior portion of the building.

According to the Temple Fire Marshal's office investigators, "the cause of the fire was due to the improper disposal of smoking materials."

Cactus Jack's cause of fire improper disposal of smoking materials

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and and fire conditions from the front and roof of the building and heavy fire in the attic, according to Fire Chief Mitch Randles. No one was injured, and the last worker had left the structure around 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Damage to the building is severe, and it is considered a total loss, said officials. The total estimated monetary loss is around $650,000.

"The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation," said Chief Randles on Monday.

Temple EMS, Temple police, and Temple Public Works Department all responded to the fire. Temple Fire and Rescue responded with seven fire units and 22 personnel.

The fire was under control by 12:11 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Units stayed on the scene for a while to continue to put out hot spots, said officials. Firefighters were expected to remain on the scene for several more hours.

(Photo by: Temple Fire and Rescue)