A horrific fire has fans of this iconic gas station chain completely heartbroken

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Fires are devastating events that typically leave structures as nothing more than a pile of ash and rubble.

No matter where or who they strike there’s no question that a massive fire is a big tragedy.

And now a horrific fire has fans of this iconic gas station chain completely heartbroken.

Original Buc-ee’s goes up in flames

Fans of the Buc-ee’s gas station chain were left distressed recently when the original location of the chain was destroyed in a massive fire.

Several emergency agencies responded to the huge blaze at about 10:30 A.M. on July 1 at the original store, located in Luling, Texas.

Firefighters and police blocked off the area as they worked for hours to get the flames under control.

A few photos were shared by the Luling Fire Department online that showed huge plumes of smoke towering above the chain’s brightly colored sign featuring the beloved smiling beaver mascot.

Later, officials from the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management said the fire was out and clean-up operations were taking place.

They advised the public to avoid the area, and no cause has been released at the time of publishing.

This particular building was Buc-ee’s first location, opening over 20 years ago in 2003.

However, it was eventually replaced by a brand-new building that opened directly across the street in early June of this year.

The new Buc-ee’s is 75,000 square feet with 120 gas pumps, and is currently the largest convenience store in the world.

Approximately 200 people will work at the new store, offering “thousands of snack, meal, and drink options for travelers on the go.”

Buc-ee’s is known for having massive gas stations with big general stores attached, allowing weary travelers to do some shopping and grab a bite. 

The chain has become famous for a variety of delicious food offerings, including BBQ brisket sandwiches, and its signature Beaver Nuggets, to name a few.

The company is also well-known for having “the world’s cleanest bathrooms” and the “friendliest” mascot, a cartoon-like, smiling beaver.

Buc-ee’s has seen a cult following in America as it continues to expand and open new locations in recent years. 

The newest Buc-ee’s is even bigger

Just last month, before the fire took place, the company stated, “The new Buc-ee’s Luling will be the largest Buc-ee’s in the country, bringing the largest Buc-ee’s back where the legend began.”

Before the new Texas location was built, Buc-ee’s in Sevierville, Tennessee was the largest.

The Tennessee location has 120 pumps, 22 electric vehicle charging stations, 74,707 square feet of space, and a 250-foot-long car wash.

And yet another Buc-ee’s location is slated to open somewhere along I-75 in Ocala, Florida in 2025.

Fans were initially concerned the Florida location might be larger than the Luling store, but the company assured them that the record-holder would remain in Texas.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.