Fire damages legendary Franklin Barbecue in Austin

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Still backyard barbecuing at Franklin Barbecue

The scene of a fire at Franklin Barbecue early Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

- The renowned Franklin Barbecue suffered heavy fire damage overnight, the Austin Fire Department said early Saturday.

The fire started in the pit room adjacent to to the main dining room at Franklin, owned by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin and known for long lines and world-class brisket.

The room that houses the pits suffered “heavy damage” but firefighters were able to contain the fire, resulting only in smoke damage to the dining room and public portion of the restaurant.

Owner Aaron Franklin hopes to reopen the restaurant in a few weeks.

Officials say the cause of the fire was accidental.

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Firefighters work at a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday August 26, 2017.
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Fire damages Franklin Barbecue

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Firefighters work at a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday August 26, 2017.

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Firefighters work at a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday August 26, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
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Fire damages Franklin Barbecue

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Firefighters work at a fire at Franklin Barbecue on Saturday August 26, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Franklin Barbecue caught fire early Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy Joseph Lai)

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