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WATCH NOW: No injuries reported after portion of Dixie Chicken roof collapses
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WATCH NOW: No injuries reported after portion of Dixie Chicken roof collapses

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No injuries were reported Wednesday evening when a portion of the roof at the Dixie Chicken caved in.

The Dixie Chicken is working toward reopening after a portion of the roof collapsed under heavy rain Wednesday night.

“Our goal is to open as soon as it is safe to do so for our staff and employees,” said Adam Drake, spokesman for the Dixie Chicken.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“It just kind of messed up the entire pool table area over by where the snake cage is,” said Drake, adding that the snake was not injured and did not get out. The reptile, known as “Sneaky Snake,” has been removed and is temporarily being housed offsite.

In addition to the roof damage, some of the pool tables are ruined, and staff members are continuing to assess possible other damage, Drake said.

There were about two dozen people in the venue when the roof began coming down.

“As it started happening, [we were] escorting people out, and it just kind of all came down all at once,” he said.

College Station and Bryan firefighters were both on the scene late Wednesday, building reinforcements on University Drive to take inside and secure the damage.

Jennifer Ganter, president of Dixie Chicken Inc. and eldest daughter of Dixie Chicken founder Don Ganter, sent out a statement Thursday morning regarding the damage. Ganter and her sister, Katy Jackson, have run the Dixie Chicken since their father died.

“We’ve felt so blessed to carry on our dad’s tradition of serving the area,” Ganter said. “We’ve read all of the tweets, Facebook messages, and more and feel truly humbled by all of those who care so much about our family’s restaurant. Our goal is to open back up as soon as possible and continue to serve Aggies and visitors. With the help of our friends and the community, we’ll continue to be here for another 45 years and beyond.”

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