From the Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana residents who frequented the Sirloin Stockade restaurant on West Seventh Avenue will have to find a new place to eat, temporarily that is.

"We are going to rebuild on this site as quick as time permits." Don Beeson, District Manager for Sirloin Stockade said Tuesday afternoon.

Late Monday night, Corsicana Fire Department received a call the restaurant was on fire.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the building completely engulfed in flames.

"There were employees in the restaurant when the fire broke out," Palos said. "According to the workers, they said the fire broke out in the ceiling."

"Everybody made it out," Palos said.
CFD had five trucks on the scene, including the ladder truck to assist in trying to contain the fire, mainly concentrating on the north end of the building where the fire was more intense. One of the firetrucks was parked between Friendship Towers and the restaurant to make sure the fire did not move in the direction of the towers.

Crowds of people filled the surrounding parking lots as they watched the flames boiling into the sky. Corsicana Police, Navarro College Police and Navarro County Sheriff's Deputies were on hand to help block off entrances to the restaurant parking lot and surrounding streets.

Morning and afternoon rains on Tuesday have kept fire investigators from determining what caused the fire according to CFD Chief Donald McMullan. "Right now, there's really nothing new to add," McMullen said. "It may be several days before we know for sure what caused the fire."

Firefighters worked for nearly two hours before they were able to extinguish the blaze.

Beeson said employees will receive a paycheck this Friday, and will still have a job when the restaurant opens again.

"We believe this is a Sirloin Stockade town," Beeson said. "We want to continue to be a part of the community."

Wesley and Lucille Green of Green's Western Wear are regular customers at the restaurant. "It's terrible," Lucille Green said. "We especially enjoyed the salad bar, and seeing people from around the county there."

Green said they will have to eat elsewhere until the restaurant is re-opened.

The only pieces to survive the fire was the cow that stands facing the street next to the building and the main marquee sign.