Fire Burns Storage Space Of East Texas Business

A two alarm fire in a storage space burns merchandise for an East Texas business.   The fire started just after 8:00 a.m. Friday morning behind Ross and Avenue department stores in Tyler. That's located at the corner of Old Bullard and Rice Roads.   Les Ellsworth owns the Potpourri House in Tyler and rents the storage space where the fire started. Firefighters had to go through the roof to make sure the fire had not spread to nearby units. The fire department says the smoke did set off two sprinklers in the space behind the Avenue, causing water damage. Ellsworth lost most of his merchandise.

"We have Christmas products in there," said Les Ellsworth, Owner of Potpourri House. "We've got a lot of display items, some furniture and tax items. It's about 16,000 square feet.  It's better my storage space than my store, in the middle of the Azalea Trails it would be a nightmare. We are so busy during that time period."  The fire department says the fire started after a light bulb burst and landed on some combustible material.  No one was injured in the fire.

Molly Reuter, reporting.