MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) – Marlin town officials continue to investigate the source of the fire that destroyed Cameron Electronics, a downtown resale store.
Downtown business owner Mike Williams was near his downtown store when the fire engulfed the two-story building at the corner of Wood Street and Commerce Street.
“When I got here I went to see what it was because there was a significant amount of smoke,” Williams said.
Before her family evacuated the building, Williams checked the roof to make sure it was undamaged. It was then that his son-in-law informed him that the fire had spread.
“Christopher noticed a fire on our neighbor’s roof, and we were able to put it out with wet blankets and towels,” he said.
That fire that Williams put out is about a five-minute diagonal walk from the now-destroyed resale store.
Gusting winds carried embers to nearby businesses within a block of the incident.
Volunteer and professional firefighters from a total of 13 agencies brought the fire in the original building under control on Friday night. The fire was extinguished early Saturday morning.
“Everyone gave up what they were doing when our community was in need,” said City of Marlin Fire Chief Justin Parker.
Officials called the state fire marshal’s office to help investigate the cause of the fire.
“It was a big building, a big incident, so we called them in for additional staff, resources,” he said.
The investigation is still ongoing and Parker says they don’t know how long it will take.
“Investigators are working with different people like employees, owners, anyone in the area who may have witnessed the fire or been at the scene just to get a bigger picture of what could have happened,” he said. he declared.
Although Williams’ business is still standing, he knows it could have been much worse.
“You could easily tell that without help we were going to lose the city,” Williams said.
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