Overnight fire destroys Waco 'Southern Soul Food' restaurant

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Posted at 2:07 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 00:40:51-04

WACO, Texas — Fire destroyed a local restaurant that opened during the pandemic.

Madea's Southern Soul Food on 1209 North Loop Drive burned down around 10:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Waco Fire Department.

First opened in 2020 by Waco resident Harlem Walton, the restaurant caught fire after the restaurant's air conditioner was left running overnight, Walton said.

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Madea's Southern Soul Food structure fire

Walton told 25 News he would leave the air conditioner on due to its small size. Its size caused the restaurant to cool at a slow rate.

Walton said he received a call around 10 p.m. Monday that his restaurant was on fire. When Walton arrived, Waco fire was already present putting out the fire.

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Madea's Southern Soul Food structure fire

Walton's friends and family organized a GoFundMe to help reopen the restaurant.

This story is developing with additional information to be aired on 25 News at 5 and 6 p.m tonight.