OKLAHOMA CITY — A metro hot spot burned overnight. Fire crews said the storms may be to blame for damage to the Red Rock Canyon Grill along Lake Hefner.
Rhenda Wilkerson, who loves Red Rock, said, “I sat on the patio two weeks ago and watched the sun go down. It’s my favorite place to be.”
Red Rock Canyon Grill, a favorite spot for many, is now scarred by flames.
Just after midnight Wednesday, a fire broke out in the roof of Red Rock.
OKC Fire Battalion Chief Mike Walker said, “It appears it started in the roof area. We can’t say for sure it started by lightning, it’s very likely that was the cause.”
Fire crews said wood shingles may have fueled the fire, as did an empty attic area.
Crews extinguished the fire quickly but the restaurant already sustained a significant amount of damage.
Walker said, “Even though it was raining, the rain couldn’t get to where the fire had actually started.”
Wednesday morning many of the customers who frequent the restaurant stopped by to see the damage as workers moved items out of the restaurant and into storage.
Stephen Hayes said, “It’s my favorite place to eat… or it was.”
All hopeful this damage will not be the end of this metro hot spot.
Wilkerson said, “I hope the owner rebuilds it bigger.”
We spoke with management of the Red Rock Canyon Grill off camera.
They tell us it’s really too early to comment on the fire right now; however, they say they do plan to rebuild.
There is no damage estimate at this time.
Red Rock Canyon Grill officials said it will be at least another 48 to 72 hours before they have a true understanding of the damage.