UPDATE (06/14)- All three firefighters that were injured in the Sunday fire in Jacksonville have gone home and are recovering.
Two of the first responders had minor injuries and one had been hospitalized.
JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) — The majority of the interior of Hotel RITUAL in Jacksonville on El Paso Street was destroyed in a fire on Sunday afternoon, according to the fire department. Hotel Ritual is in the historical district of Jacksonville. It is a wellness center and apothecary.
At 5:30 p.m., the Jacksonville Fire Department said efforts were still underway to put out the fire.
“My grandfather W.H. Brown built this house in 1932 and lived there until my grandmother passed away which was many years ago,” said Robert Brown, a Jacksonville native.
Robert and his family have had a special connection to 540 El Paso Street as he was born and raised just one block down at 640 El Paso Street. He shared that just on Saturday he and his wife drove by the house as they took a trip down memory lane.
“We see it often and it always feels good because of the family experiences we’ve had here. I came up here many mornings to have break fast with my grandparents,” said Brown.
The Brown’s share that friends in the nearby area alerted them of the fire and immediately drove to the scene. Once a home and most recently known as Hotel RITUAL was destroyed.
“They saw and heard about it and texted us because they knew that it was my grandparent’s house. They say that it started in the basement. That was the best that we could find out. It spread from there. They don’t know what the cause of the fire is, but probably the house is totaled,” said Brown.
Officials said that the fire at a residence across the street from the hotel was successfully put out.
Jacksonville fire officials say the structure had been burning for a few hours and requested the help from Earls Chapel, North Cherokee Fire Department,
Answers to the cause of the fire are unknown at this time. No injuries have been reported.
“Oh my gosh, when we walked up here and saw that it was like heartbreaking. It was such a gorgeous house inside and so old timey, 1932. But, just a beautiful place. I’m so sad to see this happen,” said Robert’s wife, Laurie Brown.
Fire officials say the flames spread to a second structure just across the street which has been 100% contained.
“I’m going to miss it, that’s all I can tell you. It’s a historical piece of Jacksonville and it will be missed,” said Brown.
The Jacksonville Fire Department thanked the community for their thoughts and prayers and gave a special thanks to “the multitude of departments who came to our aid,” they said in a Facebook post.
This is a developing story. Jacksonville Fire Department said in a post on Facebook that they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and for those who came to their aid. Officials say the area is currently closed off and residents should avoid the area.