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Community raising money for BurnCo Barbeque staff after fire

Posted at 5:27 AM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 22:53:23-05

TULSA, Okla. — Local businesses and members of the Tulsa community are coming together to raise money for the staff of BurnCo Barbeque.

Tulsa firefighters responded and extinguished a fire at a restaurant in downtown Tulsa late Wednesday night.

Since the fire, local businesses and residents have organized a couple of different ways to help pay for the staff that can't return to work in the charred building near 18th and Boston.

The nearby Mercury Lounge is putting together a benefit concert for the people working at BurnCo and the adjacent Farmbar which took water and smoke damage.

MORE >>> Long musical history behind the BurnCo building before the fire

The free concert starts Sunday at 12 p.m. and all grill proceeds from noon until 3 p.m. will go toward donations as well as any cash donations at the door.

Several other businesses are a part of a GoFundMe campaign and raffle to benefit the employees of both places.

Up to 50 firefighters fought the blaze when it happened and were able to contain it by 1:00 a.m. on Thursday.

According to TFD's Facebook post, the roof started to show signs it would collapse and crews began a defensive attack. Around "three-quarters" of the roof eventually collapsed during the response.

Fire at BurnCo Barbeque

According to Chief Bryan Hickerson, about "99% of the roof" is gone, along with minor damage to the walls.

Hickerson confirms no one was in the building at the time of the fire. He also confirms no firefighters were injured in their response to the fire.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

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