Electrical issue believed cause of Tyler gas station fire

Crews respond to fire at gas station early Wednesday morning.
Crews respond to fire at gas station early Wednesday morning.(Source: KTLV Staff)
Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 5:37 AM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - UPDATE: Investigators believe an early morning fire at a Tyler gas station was unintentional and electrical in nature.

According to the Tyler Fire Department, they responded to the Valero station located at 1801 S SE Loop 323. The initial call was received at approximately 5:00 a.m.   The first arriving unit reported smoke showing, forced entry into the structure and quickly gained control of the fire.  The business still sustained significant damage to the interior. TFD responded with five Engines, one Ladder Truck, a Battalion Chief, and two Investigators. All units were clear from the scene around 7:20 a.m.

Investigators with the Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire originated in a concealed space containing lighting fixtures.  The occupants stated they had recently been having issues with breakers tripping out and had noticed a light smell of smoke the day before.  Investigators believe the cause of the fire was unintentional due to an electrical issue.  No injuries were reported.

PREVIOUS: Police are asking drivers to avoid the South Southeast Loop in Tyler after a reported fire at a gas station convenience store.

In a traffic advisory sent shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, officials said the incident was happening in the 1700 block of the loop, near East 5th street.

In an update about 15 minutes later, police said all northbound lanes were re-opened and all but one southbound lanes were closed.

Police did not say what was on fire in their traffic alert.

We are working to learn more details in this developing story.

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