Austin’s Crow Bar burns down, blaze investigated by AFD arson unit

South Austin's Crow Bar suffered an 'intentionally set' fire on Sunday, September 18.

South Austin’s Crow Bar suffered an ‘intentionally set’ fire on Sunday, September 18.

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Early Sunday morning, September 18, Austin Fire Department responded to a blaze at Crow Bar, a dive near St. Edwards University on S Congress Avenue. Austin Fire Department arrived at 4:20 a.m. to find the bar’s patio completely destroyed, with other damage to the building sustained. As of Sunday afternoon, that fire is being investigated as incendiary in nature, meaning it was intentionally set.

Austin Fire Department’s Arson Division is working on a criminal investigation into the Crow Bar fire, plus a nearby fire at the 4200 block of S First Street and around 15 grass, trash, and dumpster fires in the area. The building at South First is a former auto repair shop that is currently a vacant commercial building, according to AFD.

There is a GoFundMe created for Crow Bar staffers who will be out of work for the immediate future. According to Aryn Black, a staffer who organized the GoFund Me, “We don’t have a timeline as to when we can even begin repairing the damage to our building.”

MySA has reached out to Crow Bar for more information.

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