City News Briefs

August 17, 2016

Recap of three-alarm fire at Goff’s Hamburgers 

Friday, August 12 at 12:45:31 p.m. the University Park Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 6401 Hillcrest Drive.  The first units arrived on scene at 12:48:04 p.m. and reported smoke and flames coming from a vent pipe located on the building’s south side.  The vent pipe serviced the building’s primary tenant, Goff’s Hamburgers.    
An interior fire attack and search for occupants was immediately conducted by University Park fire personnel.  The building, a fixture in the community since 1924, was searched and evacuated as were businesses immediately to the north and west.  At this point, the fire was located in a void space below the building’s second floor, and was traveling between various walls.
Due to the fire’s rapid growth and the fact that access was hampered by renovation work over decades of occupancy, fire command told all firefighters to exit the interior of the building at approximately 1:15 p.m.  Two additional alarms were struck to assist with fire suppression, protect nearby businesses, and to allow relief for firefighters who battled the fire on a 107 degree day.  The last UPFD unit to clear the scene of the three-alarm fire departed at 7:26 a.m. Saturday.  There were no injuries to firefighters or occupants. 
Mutual aid was provided by the Highland Park Department of Public Safety and Dallas Fire Rescue.  At the height of involvement, approximately 80 firefighters and 24 fire engines and trucks were on scene.  Approximately 1.2 million gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire.  For a substantial portion of the afternoon and evening, four aerial trucks were directing water on the fire.     
Although investigation efforts have been hampered by the loss of the building and all contents, based on the observations of initial arriving fire units, the focus for the source of the fire remains the area including and near the restaurant’s cooking ventilation duct.   
The building housed five other tenants, TaylorMark, La Bichette Salon, Newman Law Firm, Fuqua and Associates Architects and David Kemp Tutoring Services.  All those businesses were lost.  Nearby businesses, including Olivella’s and McCartney’s University Spirit suffered smoke and water damage, but they will reopen.  Because insurance companies are still assessing damage, UPFD does not have a loss estimate for the fire.      


Proposed FY2017 City Budget

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Name the Holmes Aquatic Center mascot

The Holmes Aquatic Center has adopted a new mascot!  We found this young shark swimming in Turtle Creek and we thought the pool complex was the perfect home for our new friend.  Our shark is currently in Lifeguard Training and is ready to meet you this summer, but we need your help in naming our new companion.  Give it a try.  We’re sure you will come up with some “fintastic” suggestions.

Where to find Name Our Mascot entry cards

Entry cards and suggestion boxes are located at City Hall, UP Public Library, the Holmes Aquatic Center and the City’s Peek Service Center.  The person who names our new mascot will receive a 2017 Pool Party, a swag bag of HAC gear and lifetime bragging rights!

The winning name will be announced Labor Day Weekend.

Oncor vegetation management - northeast side of University Park - postponed

Due to Oncor crew workload and spring storms throughout Texas, the announced vegetation management effort originally scheduled for May and June has been delayed.  Trimming efforts won't begin until September.  The map below shows the streets and alleys (marked in green) where work will occur.  These activities are focused on reducing tree-related power outages and providing a safer environment for utility works. 

Special Notice from Oncor

  • Oncor employees will always wear ID and drive Oncor vehicles.
  • While Oncor employees may need access to a customer’s property to access an electric meter or power lines running close to the home, Oncor employees are not permitted to enter a customer’s home and have no need to do so.
  • Oncor will never call a customer or visit their home demanding personal information (Social Security numbers, Driver License Number, Banking Information, etc.) or payment to prevent cutting off their electric service.
  • If customers are ever unsure about the identity of Oncor employees, they should call Oncor at 888-313-6862.