Officials respond to second fire at Coker Enterprises in two weeks
TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at a Smith County power equipment shop Monday morning.
The incident started sometime before 6 a.m. at Coker Enterprises a tractors and trailer sales store off of highway 271, north of Tyler.
No one was hurt, but he says this second incident doesn’t feel like a coincidence.
Smith County Fire Marshal Jay Brooks tells us, “just based on the circumstances, we’re actually gonna treat this as a crime scene until we can prove otherwise.”
As shocked as Brooks was to receive the call, Steve Coker III and his family say they were in complete denial.
“I said no that’s not us, it’s got to be somebody else, it’s bound to be a bonfire or something,” says Coker, “but no it was our place on fire. A second place.”
Both the fire from September 30th and the one from today are open investigations. Since the first incident, Brooks says they’ve learned that it was possible for someone to enter the building without triggering the alarm, but he says they’re going into this investigation without any preconceived notions.
“We’re gonna look at everything from the unburned in and just try to find as much data as we can so we can get to a cause on this one,” says Brooks.
After the same life altering event happening again in less than 2 weeks, the Coker family says they didn’t expect such an overwhelming amount of support from the community.
Coker says, “you just don’t know how loved and how thankful you are of people that come and check on us, not once but twice on our second fire.”
Coker enterprises will be shut down for the next few days but will be up and running as soon as they can.
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