TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - As a blaze of fire ravished the old antique mall off Locust Street in downtown Tyler, manager of the mall, Sandra Herring, says she mourns for those affected vendors.
"It’s very sad, some of the dealers, it’s their passion, they love doing this. Those that are going to lose their property, it’s going to be very sad,” Herring said.
Fire crews answered the call a little after 8 a.m. Wednesday, and battalion chief for the Tyler fire department, David Admire, says the fire presented a unique challenge for his team.
“Any kind of fire in a commercial building is always a little tougher, especially an old construction filled with old antiques, furniture and this particular building had a lot of fire load in it,” he said.
Herring says the fire destroyed some of the pieces of nostalgia throughout the building.
“This is a place for our customers to come to just get away from things and to stroll through the mall and remember things of the past…it’s just kind of sad,” she said.
Admire says the cause of this fire is still unknown.
“At this point, we don’t have any reason to believe that this is suspicious, it is under investigation…at this point there’s no sign of that,” Admire said.
Herring also says she’s hopeful for the future of the Ye Olde City Antique Mall.
“We’ll see what the damage is, we’ll see what needs to be done and go from there. And that’s what we’ll do…if it can be rebuilt, we’ll do it,” she said.
One woman who lives on the property was also able to escape just before fire crews arrived. No injuries were reported.
Update 6/5: The Antique Mall will be relocating to the corner of Locust and North Avenue. Currently, vendors are going through their items and assessing the damage to the portion of the mall that was not burned down due to the fire. The vendors in the area that was damaged will be moving into the building next to the antique mall. There is no timeline on when the mall will reopen and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Update 6/4: Authorities believe the blaze that burned down a portion of Ye Olde City Antique Mall, may have started in the center of the building in one of the vendor booths.
Pictures of the aftermath of the Ye Olde City Antique Mall fire.
Tyler firefighters are currently on the scene working to gain control of the fire.
Further details will be released when they become available.
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