San Angelo fire fighters will continue to extinguish a blaze at a Lone Star Moving warehouse that raged throughout the night and completely destroyed the building and furniture within.
Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area around West 4th Street downtown between Chadbourne Street and Bryant Boulevard.
City spokesperson Anthony Wilson said the cause of the fire is unknown, but that fire investigators may be able to enter the building today to determine how it started.
Originally called in as a grass fire about 11 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze ultimately became a three-alarm fire that kept eight fire trucks busy until about 7 a.m. Thursday when the department began a new shift. Three trucks will remain today to battle hot spots trapped under the roof that collapsed, Wilson said.
No one was injured in the fire, he said, and nearby property was undamaged.
Additional men were called in overnight and trucks from every station were used, Wilson said, except station two.
Someone who was in the area Wednesday night reported the blaze. Initially fire fighters entered the building, but had to retreat once they saw flames had extended to the ceiling and attic, Wilson said.
He was told the building, owned by two San Angelo men, was insured.
Wilson said American Electric Power was “extremely responsive” to the fire and were able to turn off power in the area – a concern because of power lines around the building.