Fire guts Dillon Manufacturing in Athens, no injuries reported

Fire guts Dillon Manufacturing in Athens, no injuries reported

ATHENS, Texas (KLTV) - A fire sent black smoke billowing into the sky over Athens on Tuesday afternoon.

The fire occurred at Dillon Manufacturing, located in the 900 block of N. Needmore St. The company’s owner said she has about 28 employees, and they use fiberglass to make deer blinds and related items. None of those employees were injured.

Athens Fire Chief Russell Marshall said they received the call at around 2:48 p.m. and when they arrived, fire was already burning through the roof of the building. Marshall said that mutual aid was called in to help. Those who responded included Murchison, Brownsboro, Eustace, Trinidad, South Side, and North 19 fire departments.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but Marshall said the state fire marshal will arrive around 8 a.m. on Wednesday to begin the initial investigation.

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