For many years Derek Dugger has helped in the community, from sponsoring sports teams, to coaching baseball games to assisting in body work for several police departments, fire departments and EMS groups.
Just before 2 am Saturday morning a neighbor called him and told him that his body shop, Double D’s, which is behind his home on May Road in Splendora was on fire. Dugger ran out to the shop which had smoke pouring out the top and was glowing red. He was just about to use the garden hose when Splendora Fire Department arrived.
The first crews entered the building and were greeted by a wall of flames rolling over them. They immediately went to work. Within minutes the fire had been knocked down but not before totally consuming most of the contents and destroying a 1971 Ford long bed that Dugger was on the final stages of restoring and a Patton Village patrol car which had been brought in for body work.
The Montgomery County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.
Splendora Fire Department was assisted by New Caney Fire Department, Caney Creek Fire Department and Central Montgomery County Fire Department.