SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (ValleyCentral) — South Padre Island officials are at the scene of a fire that broke out overnight a Pier 19.
According to Fire Chief Jim Pigg, the call of a fire came in after 1 a.m. of a possible structure fire. They believe the fire started around midnight.
Fire departments from Los Fresnos, Laguna Vista, and Port Isabel were called in to assist.
As of 5:30 a.m., the fire had been contained but is still actively burning, according to Chief Pigg.
The chief mentioned they are unable to access the fire directly because of the location of the restaurant.
He added that overnight winds also might’ve fueled the fire.
“The wind that was blowing we weren’t able to get around the sides of it to get in there. Once the flames the breach, came outside the windows, there was just no way for us to get around it with the smoke and the heat so it continued spreading rapidly down the pier.”
The chief added there were people inside at the time of the fire but no injuries were reported.
The building was made in the 1950s and was made out of wood. Officials state that had to do with building catching fire quickly.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This is an ongoing situation, stay with ValleyCentral for updates as they come.