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Harker Heights restaurant owner back in business at new location days after losing kitchen in fire

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) – A small business owner in Harker Heights is having to start from scratch after a fire destroyed parts of his restaurant the day before Thanksgiving. The fire started in the pit inside the kitchen, and he says an unhoused resident he would pay to do small jobs around the restaurant ignited the pit. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Harker Heights FD says that it started as a small flare up but quickly caught fire again destroying the kitchen.

“With the doors being open, with all the wind and oxygen that fire got uncontained. By the time I got there, I couldn’t believe it,” JR Scott, owner of Just Cookin’ BBQ & More, recalled.

This fire torched his inventory the day before a major holiday, where he had to refund dozens of turkey orders that were lost.

“Some people reached out and I was able to contact mostly everybody. Some people donated the money that they already paid for it, and I refunded a lot of…

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