UPDATE: Fire marshal concludes investigation of blaze at Papa Jack's

The business located at 108 and 110 W. Center St., Kyle, burned down in the early hours of Jan. 27. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
The business located at 108 and 110 W. Center St., Kyle, burned down in the early hours of Jan. 27. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

The business located at 108 and 110 W. Center St., Kyle, burned down in the early hours of Jan. 27. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

Update, Feb. 2:

At a City Council meeting Feb. 1, Fire Chief Kyle Taylor provided updates regarding the fire that broke out Jan. 27, destroying two businesses in downtown Kyle.

"The county fire marshal has pretty much stopped the investigation. They know where it started; they just do not know exactly what started it. It started above the kitchen in the attic but ... it's so destroyed that they can't come to an exact decision," Taylor said. "There's nothing suspicious about the fire, and it's ruled purely accidental."

Bailey Bakouris, community outreach and public information officer for KFD, told Community Impact Newspaper that insurance investigators have visited the site and were also unable to come to a conclusion regarding the cause of the fire.

Greg Henry, owner of Papa Jack's and Willie's Joint in downtown Buda, said that he is unsure how the business will proceed from here.


A large tarp has been erected in front of Papa Jack's for community members and local businesses to express their love and offer support to the destroyed business.

Original Story:

Papa Jack's and the business that was formerly Jack's Axes, located at 108 and 110 W. Center St. in downtown Kyle, caught fire in the early hours of Jan. 27.

The Kyle Fire Department received a call about the fire at 1:52 a.m., though it is unknown when the fire broke out, according to Bailey Bakouris, community outreach and public information officer for KFD.

The roofs of both businesses collapsed and are both a total loss though no injuries were reported.

Other local entities such as the Buda Fire Department, San Marcos Fire Department, Austin Fire Department and more responded and provided assistance to the fire.

The owner of Papa Jack's and Willie's Joint in downtown Buda was not available for comment.

Center Street will be closed from Main to Burleson.

It is still unknown what caused the fire, but Community Impact Newspaper will update the story as it develops.
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.