TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Firefighters responded to a two-alarm structure fire Thursday in Tyler.
About 3 p.m. Thursday, Tyler police officers and firefighters responded to the 100 block of South Beckham Avenue in Tyler.
Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Lee said flames were coming out of the building when crews arrived at Jones Engraving. The company used to be called the Jones Engraving Co.
Lee said firefighter believed that powdered magnesium could be burning at the building, and the fire was upgraded to a second-alarm fire. A ladder truck also responded to the scene and attacked the flames from above.
At the time of the fire, the owner of the business and his wife were the only two people inside the building. They both got out safely, and no one was hurt, Lee said.
Initially, emergency personnel evacuated a couple of businesses, Lee said.
Lee said when crews first arrived there was some concern because the smoke from burning magnesium could be toxic. But as firefighters got the flames under control and contained, very little smoke was produced.
Lee said there were no hazards as of 4 p.m. and occupants of nearby businesses who were temporarily evacuated during the fire were allowed to return.
The sides of the building were sprayed down to keep the fire from spreading.
Lee said the building received about $50,000 worth of mild to moderate damage. The blaze only affected about 30 percent of the building. He added that the magnesium never caught on fire.
No investigation will be needed, Lee said. He said that the case is closed and that the fire’s cause has been ruled accidental. Hazmat was not needed for the cleanup.
Fire crews will make rounds and monitor the fire overnight, Lee said.
Tyler Independent School District also took preemptive action, re-routing 10 school buses. Dawn Parnell, a spokesperson for the district,said students are expected to arrive at their usual destination on time.
The Tyler Fire Department released a statement on the fire Thursday afternoon:
“Firefighters are currently battling a two alarm commercial building fire at 116 S Beckham. First arriving Engine reported smoke and flames visible and quickly called for additional units. We currently have two Ladder Trucks, five Engines, two District Chiefs, and an Investigator on scene. More information to come once it is available.”
Traffic was temporarily shut down at Erwin Street and Beckham Avenue and Beckham Avenue and Front Street, according to the Tyler Police Department. The road was later reopened to the public.