Early casualty of Hurricane Ike: Brennan's of Houston burns to the ground...

The fire was reported at 12:20 a.m., by the time fire trucks arrived, though, the restaurant was fully engulfed. Almost immediately, fire crews went into a defensive posture to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings.

A Houston Fire Department assistant chief told 11 News that two people were inside the restaurant at the time of the fire. Those people were taken to a local hospital.

The extent of their injuries was not known.

The restaurant, a 40-year-old institution in Houston, was run by Alex Brennan-Martin, son of Commander's Palace's Ella Brennan.