TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - It's been a week since a fire gutted a popular hangout spot in Trinity destroying almost everything inside.
Firefighters with the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department battled the blaze at KC's I Love This Bar and Grill between 6 and 6:30 a.m. on Friday, May 17.
The bar was locked up, assistant chief Wayne Huffman said, and firefighters had to cut the locks to get in. He says he does not know how the fire started, but he believes it started in the kitchen.
No one was injured in the fire.
Owner Kaye Weaver says despite the loss, she is still planning on hosting her annual Wall of Honor benefit bike run on Saturday. The bike run will start at 11 a.m. and will be held in the bar's parking lot.
She says even though the bar is destroyed, the event is important to the community and she wants to be able to pay tribute to the veterans. The bike run will have live music and free food.
Hours after the blaze was controlled on Friday, nearly 20 residents gathered at the charred remains of the bar and grill to clean up.
"This is my place. I know everybody here, everybody knows me, I love this place. This is our family up in here. You need something, this is the place to come," James Thompson said.
Most residents said they were helping out because of their love for Weaver.
"Kaye Weaver is an amazing woman. She helps out in our community from the small children all the way up to the elderly. She will do anything in the world for anybody in this town," Regina McWilliams said.
Many residents said one of the amazing things about the fire is that the flag pole dedicated to the veterans is completely intact and the flags were not damaged in the fire. Pictures from Weaver's Wall of Honor were also salvaged by friends and family.
"It's very devastating that this bar is burnt, but believe me it will come back stronger than ever," Harold Fenn said.
KC's I Love This Bar and Grill is located at 1110 White Rock Acres #356 in Trinity.