Firefighters take control of a blaze that destroyed the Amkon General Store and the Critter Shop Sunday afternoon. Photo by Bill Peterson.
Fire destroyed the Amkon General Store and the Critter Shop, both housed in the same aged building on LBJ Drive just north of Cheatham Street.
An “all call” went out to area firefighters at about 2 p.m. Sunday as smoke billowed high into the sky. San Marcos city spokesperson Melissa Millecam said the fire started on the south end of the building and spread to the rest of the building through the roof.
The general store sold feeds from a building that has stood for more than 80 years. Millecam said feeds and fertilizers were in the store, as were propane tanks, which did not explode.
Millecam said that, to her knowledge, the only animals in the pet store were fish and reptiles.
San Marcos fire marshals were on the scene, as were the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD), the South Hays County Fire Department and the New Braunfels Fire Department.
The cause of the fire was unknown.
Firefighters also set up booms to keep runoff from reaching the Purgatory Creek and the San Marcos River. In addition, officials had to stop train traffic on the railroad tracks that run across LBJ Drive just north of the fire.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, about three hours after the initial fire call, the firefighters had the fire under control and were tearing down interior walls to put out hot spots.Email | Print