Early Saturday morning, the cooking pit behind Roy’s Bar-B-Que caught fire and gutted the entire structure. According to Harold Harris, the restaurant’s meat smoker, an employee that comes in early saw the fire and called 911.
“We are so grateful no one was hurt,” said Harris.
The restaurant itself was unharmed by the fire and will continue to operate.
According to Russellville City Fire Chief Billy Poole, the fire in the cooking pit somehow escaped into the room and started a large fire. When city fire units arrived the entire cooking area was on fire.
“Fire crews had to force entry into the building, and once inside, quickly extinguished the fire,” said Poole. “The building itself sustained minimum damage, but all of the contents inside were a total loss.”
Harris says they don’t know at this time what caused the fire. He said it’s so destroyed that they may never be able to find the reason. The pit room has been the victim to fires in the past, but never this bad, said Harris. Other fires were extinguished right away.
“We are in a temporary bind right now because of the fire,” Harris said. “We are exploring our options on ways to cook meat. We are asking customers to be patient. We will get back to working order as soon as possible. The restaurant will still be open however.”
Harris said Roy’s will rebuild the pit area and are looking to make it even bigger and better for the future. Roy’s Bar-B-Que has been serving Logan County delicious barbecue for over 32 years. They are known all over the region for their barbecue.