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April 1st, 2014
Fire damages 131-year-old Donalson Building downtown


San Marcos firefighters quickly doused a rooftop fire Tuesday afternoon that did minor damage to the 131-year-old building at the corner of Hopkins and LBJ in downtown San Marcos.

The fire was reported at 5:21 p.m. and was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Adjacent businesses were evacuated during the fire department operations.

Workers were repairing the building’s roof at the time of the fire, Fire Marshal Ken Bell said. The fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause.

The stone and stucco Donalson Building was built in 1883, according to a guide published by the city’s Main Street program. It currently houses a pair of nightclubs, BarOne41 and Barfish Lounge, and the Root Cellar Café in the basement.

The Donalson Building abuts the oldest building on the historic square, Harper’s Hall, built in 1873 as W.H. “Willie” Harper’s livery stable and blacksmith shop.

Traffic in downtown San Marcos was detoured around the courthouse square for about two hours. Hopkins Street was closed between Guadalupe and Edward Gary Streets and two lanes of LBJ Drive were closed near the courthouse. Firefighters remained on scene until about 7:30 p.m.


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