Two-alarm structure fire demolishes vacant building
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler Fire Department is monitoring hot spots at the scene of a two-alarm warehouse fire that was contained Monday afternoon.
According to Public Information Office Paul Findley, firefighters were called to the intersection of Bois D'Arc Avenue and West Vance Street in Tyler. When crews arrived, the building was already heavily-involved, and firefighters began trying to contain the fire from spreading other structures nearby.
Findley believes the warehouse was vacant at the time, but crews will investigate once the fire is extinguished.
No one was hurt in the blaze.
Bystanders reported feeling the heat from the smoldering building from yards away.
"The fire was pretty high, you could feel the heat wave 100 yards away," said Tyler resident Juan Fuentes. "A house [across the street] almost caught on fire if it weren't for several people who were brave enough to stomp the fire out."
Fuentes said small flames left large round burn marks in the yard of the nearby home.
Tyler Fire Department Investigator Tony Gumber said firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the nearby residences and buildings.
"[The fire] had a tremendous head start because this isn't a very busy street," said Gumber. "Inside the building there is a ton of wood so by the time so by the time this fire was noticed, it was already a pretty large fire."
Gumber said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.
"I would tend to think that the fire didn't start by normal accidental nature, that doesn't rule out that it could have been in a sense, an accidental nature," said Gumber. "Somebody [was] maybe doing something that they didn't intend to start a fire."
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