On December 22, 2019 at approximately 11:17 p.m. the Longview Fire Department responded to 411 N. Spur 63 for a reported structure fire at Uncle Joe's. Units arrived to find heavy fire and smoke conditions coming from the roof of the restaurant. Fire crews attempted an offensive fire attack but had to transition to a defensive stance using two of the fire department aerial trucks. The restaurant had already closed for the evening. There were no reported injuries.
With the help of the Gregg County Fire Marshal’s Office and an Investigator from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) the location of the fire was determined to be in the attic above the kitchen. The exact cause of the fire is still undetermined at this time.
The Longview Fire Department responded to this fire with three fire engines, two ladder trucks, one medic unit and four support vehicles for a total of 21 personnel.