Fire damages popular Chicken Oil Co. restaurant in Bryan

It took firefighters a little more than half an hour Sunday afternoon to bring the fire under control.
Flames and thick smoke could be seen Sunday afternoon coming out of the popular Chicken Oil Co....
Flames and thick smoke could be seen Sunday afternoon coming out of the popular Chicken Oil Co. hamburger restaurant in Bryan.(Photo courtesy: Ana Ceballes)
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 5:27 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - A fire Sunday afternoon caused significant damage to the Chicken Oil Company hamburger restaurant in Bryan.

The fire was reported just before 5:30 p.m. shortly after it closed for the day.

S. College Avenue near Old College Road was closed as fire crews worked to try and save the popular eatery.

No injuries were reported.

Videos and photos sent to KBTX by eyewitnesses show flames and thick smoke pouring out of the building as firefighters arrived on the scene. It took about half an hour for firefighters to bring the fire under control at 6:10 p.m.

“The first engine to arrive on scene found fire in this back door by the kitchen and when they entered the structure there was heavy black smoke from the floor to the ceiling all the way to the back of the building. They found fire right there by the back door and then upstairs into the storage area,” said Bryan Deputy Fire Chief Jordan Gallagher.

An investigation is ongoing to determine was started the fire. It’s unclear the extent of the damage but firefighters were able to keep it from being a total loss.

“There is heavy smoke and water damage on the inside,” said Gallagher.

In a statement on social media Sunday, the restaurant said nobody was in the building at the time of the fire and they would be closed for an undetermined amount of time.

“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you to Bryan FD, Bryan PD, and College Station FD for getting to us quickly to make sure it didn’t spread. No one was in the building at the time,” the statement said.

According to its website, the hamburger restaurant first opened in Bryan in 1977. It was established three years after its owners opened the iconic Dixie Chicken bar and restaurant on Northgate. The Dixie Chicken was temporarily closed in 2020 after its roof collapsed during a storm.

Copyright 2022 KBTX. All rights reserved.