Hooters restaurant catches fire; smoke causes major vehicle accident

Hooters located on South Padre Island Drive went into flames on the rooftop on Sunday, November 14, 2021 around 2:15 a.m.

Multiple reports of dark smoke coming from the Hooters restaurant were made to police dispatch shortly after nearby nightclubs let out. The parking lot was filled with club goers spectating.

As the dark smoke covered the nearby area and highway, a blue sedan slowed down due to the bad visibility and was struck behind by a grey SUV causing the blue sedan to spin out. The driver in the SUV was accompanied by a small child and crossed the busy highway to safety. During that time another vehicle slammed into the blue sedan injuring the woman inside the blue sedan.

As fire fighters fought the blaze at Hooters restaurant with ladders, they were able to extinguish the fire within an hour.

Hooters will have to be shut down due to the fire, and repairs will have to be made after the grease trap caught fire. It will be allowed to re-open after passing building and health department inspections.

No one was hurt in the fire. As for the major vehicle accident, the blue sedan driver was hurt, but non-life threatening.