HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — A barbecue restaurant in Huntsville caught fire on Thursday.
According to Huntsville Fire & Rescue, multiple units responded to a blaze at Gibson’s BBQ on Memorial Parkway. HFR Chief Mac McFarlan told News 19 said the call came in around 6 p.m.
McFarlan said crews reported heavy smoke coming from the rear of the restaurant, but fire officials were able to get the blaze under control. There is no report at this time on how the fire began.
Owner Art Sanford said his family has owned the north Alabama staple since 1956, and just this week, the family held a 66-year anniversary celebration. Sanford said this is not the end of Gibson’s.
“This is our life,” Sanford said. “We’ve done it since we were born. This is all we know. We’re here because we love Huntsville and Huntsville loves us. We’ll be back. It might take a little, but but Gibson’s won’t be gone. We’ll be back.”
HEMSI spokesperson Don Webster said there did not appear to be any injuries related to the fire.