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Sixth Ward Neighborhood Hangout Henderson Heights Closes After Major Fire

The bar’s owner plans to set up a GoFundMe for her employees

A tree-lined wooden deck at night, with string lights hanging from the pergola and people sitting at picnic tables.
Henderson Heights’ sprawling patio is popular with sports fans.
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Henderson Heights, the popular neighborhood bar just south of Washington Avenue in Houston’s Sixth Ward, has closed after a fire broke out while revelers were watching the Houston Astros play Atlanta in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, October 31.

Megan Long, the bar’s owner, posted about the fire to Instagram Monday afternoon, writing “I am just heart broken. There are no other words. My very first bar, my baby Henderson Heights Pub caught fire last night.”

The pub, located in an old two-story house at 908 Henderson Street, is popular with sports fans thanks to its massive, tree-shaded patio, which includes several TVs, picnic tables, and swings.

A number of Houston Astros fans were at the bar on Halloween night watching the team play in Game 5 of the World Series, when the fire broke out at about 10 p.m. Staff evacuated customers from the bar before flames overtook the building. No injuries were reported.

Though photos from the fire show large flames engulfing portions of the building, the Houston Chronicle reports that the fire was put out “in short order.” The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

Long told Eater that she hopes to reopen the bar within the next four months, and that she has set up a GoFundMe for her displaced staff.

In her Instagram post, Long expressed appreciation for her employees and customers.

“I love you all dearly and we WILL come out of this on top. You know me so you know I will not give up,” she writes. “Thank you for the last 5 1/2 best years of my life. This isn’t how our story ends. We will be back! It’s a promise.”