Fire marshal has identified suspects in fire at Tyler Salvation Army on Wednesday

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 9:10 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 3:32 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler firefighters had to break into a building in order to ensure a fire was extinguished at the Salvation Army Community Center and Disaster Shelter early Wednesday.

More than a dozen firefighters responded to the call on North Spring Street around 3:30 a.m.

A statement from Fire Marshal Paul Findley explained what occurred:

Tyler firefighters responded to a fire this morning at the Salvation Army gymnasium at 715 N. Spring Ave. The initial call was received at 3:24 a.m., and the fire department was clear from the scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. One engine company and ladder company, along with a battalion chief and an investigator responded to the alarm.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a trash can on fire next to the gymnasium. Heat from the fire had caused the glass doors/windows nearby to break, allowing smoke to enter the building. Following extinguishment, firefighters worked to ventilate the structure and clear smoke from the building.

The Tyler Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the incident and has identified suspects. The fire remains under investigation.

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