Hutchins BBQ is temporarily closed after experiencing a fire Dec. 31 at the rear of its building, located at 1301 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.

The McKinney Fire Department arrived at the scene just before 10 p.m. to find a structure fire coming from the back of the restaurant. A news release from the fire department said responders were able to put the fire out quickly.

A sprinkler head installed in the older part of the building kept the fire from spreading until firefighters arrived, the news release said.

“This shows the effectiveness of fire sprinklers and why building owners should strongly consider retrofitting their properties with fire sprinklers,” McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith said in a news release. “Fire sprinklers can also be added to homes—lowering the home fire death rate by up to 90 percent.”

The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, a McKinney Fire Department release said; one employee was inside the building but “was able to escape safely.”

The McKinney Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

While there is not an estimated reopening date for the restaurant, which sells barbecue and sides as well as smoked meats, the Hutchins family is “confident they will reopen,” according to a statement from the restaurant.

“We're thankful to McKinney Fire Department for responding swiftly and most importantly, that no one was hurt,” Wes, Tim and Trey Hutchins said in the statement. “Although this was certainly not the ideal way to begin a new year, we've been touched by the outpouring of support we've received from the community and our fans.”

While Hutchins BBQ works to rebuild the damaged portions of the restaurant, the Frisco location is still open and providing dine-in and takeout orders. 972-377-2046.