Hearne Fire Chief In Fair Condition, After Battling Gem's Night Club Fire

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

Hearne Fire Chief, Marcus Hilton is recovering from emergency heart surgery at St. Joseph Hospital, after fighting a Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Robertson County night club.

While battling the blaze, Hilton opened the back door to the club and was overcome by smoke, shortly thereafter, he suffered a heart attack.

News Three spoke with Chief Hilton's wife, Beverly who says her husband should be in his own room on Friday and that she and her family appreciate all of the prayers and inquiries about her husband's health.

As for the fire, it's believed to have started about 6 a.m. at Gem's Gentlemen's Club off of Highway 6 near Hearne.

Firefighters were not able to extinguish the blaze until after it had already ravaged the entire building.

This isn't the first time emergency crews have had to respond to the club -- a small fire in January charred a back wall, which was later attributed to faulty electrical wiring.

Robertson County officials said they will release more information after they have had time to fully investigate the site.

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