The cause of the fire that destroyed the historic Kirby House is officially “undetermined in nature,” Abilene Fire Chief Bob Sims said Thursday.
“But there was nothing suspicious,” he said of the cause of the late evening fire Feb. 20 that destroyed the restaurant.
“The insurance company is happy with the results they found. And the fire department is very pleased with the results that they found,” Sims said.
He said the state fire marshal’s office also signed off that the fire was an accident.
Expecting a heavy snowfall that evening, owners Rob and Melodie Sprouse decided to close the restaurant that afternoon at 2 p.m.
The fire department was called about 6 p.m. that night.