Photos taken inside the building on Wednesday morning show a dark, waterlogged warehouse with beer cans strewn across the floor. The sky is visible in the pictures where firefighters had to break through the roof to fight the fire. Charred insulation can be seen on the walls.
Smoke could be seen billowing from the building in the 2000 block of East Cotton Street. Crews arrived around 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday and were able to get into the building by cutting through walls. The fire was initially controlled just before 10:50 a.m. but Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said the fire flared up again just before noon and a second alarm was called out. Insulation inside the building kept reigniting, making it difficult for firefighters to control the blaze.
Crews remained in the building to battle the blaze, which was brought back under control just after 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., flames were no longer visible from outside the building. An hour of significant rainfall on Tuesday afternoon helped crews contain the flames.
According to Lezli Chappell, a Coors spokesperson, it is believed the fire was caused by an A/C crew working on a unit at the back of the building where coolers store kegs of beer. Officials think a torch ignited insulation, starting the fire.
Several firefighters were treated on the scene of minor injuries, such as sprains. A few were given IVs to treat dehydration.
According to their website, Coors of Longview occupies a 47,000 square foot facility with 20,000 square feet of cold storage. The company reports the facility employs 60 individuals at the Longview facility. Coors of Longview distributes over 60 products from the facility in Longview.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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