For years, Southern Goods restaurant and bar has provided Heights residents a homey, comfortable atmosphere to enjoy their menu where interpretation of traditional meets modern Southern cuisine. But now the staple, as well as neighboring apartments, are picking up the pieces after an accidental fire earlier this week.
According to a report from the Houston Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the spot at 632 W. 19th Street shortly before midnight Monday, Nov. 5 after a passerby saw smoke billowing from the back of the restaurant, which was closed at the time of the fire.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find the two-story pitched roof apartment building with heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor and attic space.
Upon that discovery, HFD representatives said the incident was switched to defensive mode and after firefighters knocked down the fire, they confined and prevented the spread of the fire throughout the rest of the U-shaped building.
Also upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from the back of the restaurant, and the fire was contained to the kitchen area with no extension to other rooms or the attic.
Per the Houston Fire Department, although the fire appeared to have started around the ice machine, firefighters were unable to determine the cause, after which HFD Arson declared it accidental.
There were no injuries, and the fire was declared under control shortly after midnight Tuesday Nov. 6.
According to the Houston Fire Department, total damage was estimated to be about $20,000 structurally speaking and $10,000 to contents of the restaurant, while 27 apartment units were also reported damaged.