The popular Ngo’s Pier 77 Restaurant, which recently opened across SH 35 from Sears, was destroyed by fire during the early morning hours of Thursday, April 1.
Fulton Police Chief Rick McLester said the cause of the fire is under investigation.
“There is no obvious cause at this point and time,” said the chief. “We’re gathering information to determine if it was caused by an accident, or arson.
“We are reviewing security camera footage from a business next door.”
McLester said officers talked to a person who was at the scene before they arrived.
McLester is asking anyone who might have information about any activity around the restaurant to call him at 729-5533.
He said Aransas County dispatchers received a call for a burglary alarm at the restaurant at 1:37 a.m.
Officers from the Rockport Police Department and Aransas County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the scene, and discovered the building was on fire.
Flames were already shooting through the roof and windows in the kitchen area.
Firefighters from the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) were on the scene within five minutes, according to FVFD Chief Rickey McLester. Units with the Rockport, Lamar, and Ingleside VFDs responded, as well.
A large fire hose was stretched across the highway, from the nearest fire hydrant, which required the closing of the highway for a short period of time.
“The 48 mph wind, coupled with the wood construction, kicked our tail,” said Rickey McLester.
The flames damaged several storage units at Safe Guard Mini-Storage, located directly behind the restaurant.
“The heat was so intense it just cooked them,” said the fire chief.
All firefighting units were cleared from the scene by 4 a.m.