Marktplatz structure at New Braunfels Wurstfest a ‘total loss’ after fire

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NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — Firefighters battled a fire the reignited at the Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels Friday morning.

On Thursday around 7:15 p.m., firefighters were called to the Wurstfest grounds at 178 Landa Park Dr., to put out a fire that was contained to a single booth in the Marktplatz area. Authorities say the fire was quickly extinguished.

On Friday morning at around 6 a.m., firefighters received a call that the fire from the night before reignited. At the scene, crews found an active fire at the same Marktplatz structure.

Multiple agencies were called in to fight the fire including the Seguin, San Marcos, Cibolo, Schertz, and Selma fire departments. The metal roof of the Marketplatz structure needed to be peeled back to gain access to the fire.

As of 1:07 p.m., the majority of the fire is out and crews are working to extinguish hot spots and prevent additional flare-ups, according to a release from the New Braunfels Police Department.

NBPD says the damage to the structure was extensive and includes smoke, fire and water damage. They say the Marketplatz structure is a total loss. Damage to the nearby Wursthalle is considered much less significant and authorities say it remains structurally sound.

No injuries have been reported due to the fire.

The Comal River is temporarily closed due to runoff from the fire. Most of the roadways surrounding the festival grounds have been re-opened except for a section in front of the Wursthalle which is still closed.

The organizers of Wurstfest released a statement addressing the fire:

The first responders, New Braunfels Fire Department and New Braunfels Police Department and neighboring city fire departments who worked so hard to keep the fire contained to the Marktplatz, the food court area of the Wurstfest grounds—THANK YOU.

The historic Wursthalle appears to have been spared from most of the fire. Wurstfest is a New Braunfels community celebration; our whole town puts it on. And, Wurstfest and New Braunfels are resilient. We rebuilt after floods. We will rebuild after this. We will be ready to host the 60th Wurstfest on November 6, 2020 during the 175th celebration of founding of New Braunfels.

We are sorry for the losses suffered by the concessionaires and the nonprofit organizations that host booths within the Marktplatz. But, please know we will ALL come back better than ever.

The City of New Braunfels Fire Marshals and the State Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms is also aiding in the investigation due to the extent of the damage and the structure’s historic nature.

Wurstfest just ended on Sunday after running from Nov. 1 to Nov. 10.

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