Fire breaks out at 29th street store

Lawrence Peart

A fire broke out in the back lot of Breed’s Hardware Company on 29th Street Friday evening.

Austin firefighters responded to a call at 7:26 p.m. and found heavy flames had engulfed a storage shed behind the store, which had closed for the day.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and prevented the fire from spreading to the store itself. Though the cause of the fire is unknown, investigators reported the storage shed contained large quantities of lumber, burlap sacks and dried manure – all highly flammable items.

“We’d been collecting that stuff for over 20 years,” said Phil Hoge, a Breed’s employee. “Now we have to start over.”

Palmer Buck, commander for the responding battalion, said that the main concern was that the fire might set off tanks of propane.

“Thankfully we were able to put it out before anything more serious happened,” Buck said.

AFD will hold an all-night “fire watch” to ensure that no further fires occur.