Firefighters on duty at the City of Jasper Fire Rescue Station One were on their way to eat a Thanksgiving breakfast when they were paged out to a structure fire at Jim 'N Nicks around 8 a.m. Thursday.
"We were waiting at the light on Airport Road and noticed heavy smoke in the direction of the restaurant," said Jasper Fire Lt. John Wylie, who was of the first firefighters on the scene. "And by the time we reached the intersection of Walston Bridge Road, we received the page from 911 to respond to a possible structure fire at Jim 'N Nicks."
Wylie said heavy smoke was showing when they rolled up on the scene, and Retired Jasper Police Chief Bobby Cain was reportedly the one who called 911 to report the blaze.
"Someone said he was driving by and saw the smoke coming from the building," Wylie said. "We were able to contain the fire to a small area in the kitchen at the back of the restaurant."
Firefighters said it was ironic that the folks at Jim 'N Nicks were always helping them by providing them with food during the holidays and Thursday they were able to return the favor. They just hate in was in this manner.
"The folks there are always doing things for us, so I'm glad we were there to help them. The restaurant was closed at the time of the fire, our guys (Jasper Fire) gained access to the building through a locked door," Jasper Fire Captain Alan Clark said. "Once inside they located the fire in the kitchen area and went to work putting it out. The exact cause has not yet been determined, but we do not suspect any type of foul play."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.