AUSTIN (KXAN) — A fire broke out late Monday night at Texas French Bread Bakery. The Austin Fire Department responded to the fire at 2900 Rio Grande Street just before 11 p.m.
Workers called in firefighters and reported smoke filling the building. By the time crews arrived, firefighters saw flames shooting through the roof. All those workers escaped the building unharmed.
It took crews about three hours to get the fire under control.
An update Tuesday afternoon from AFD said the fire caused $1.1 million in damage to the building and $500,000 to what was inside. AFD said the fire was accidental and caused by a “mechanical failure.”
Texas French Bread Bakery and Bistro has been around since 1981, according to its website.
Jackson Arnold, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, said his parents remember going to the bakery when they were students at UT.
“It’s a staple of this area,” he said. “I drive by it every day, the food is fantastic, and it’s going to be dearly missed. Hopefully, it’ll be able to get back to what it was.”
Another person KXAN talked to at the scene said it was like “losing a little bit more of Austin.”
The transportation department for the City of Austin said Tuesday afternoon the intersection of Rio Grande and 29th Streets is expected to stay closed for several days because of the fire. Crews are working to install signs and create a detour route.