We will be posting video and photos in the next few hours. Just leaving the scene of this 3 alarm fire that started just after noon today. All 23 employees were able to escape the massive blaze that over ran the sprinkler system early on in the fire. All the customers are believed to have escaped. However, there are two vehicles that remain in the parking lot which have not been claimed. Officials say this could be as simple as someone rode to work with a co-worker and used this parking lot as a meeting place.
The fire which was so intense that it ripped through the roof. The building is what is called tilt wall construction and depends on the roof members for its structural integrity. The firefighters were forced to fight the fire from the outside. At times the walls separated and looked as it they would collapse but as water flowed across the area the contracting steel pulled the walls back in.
During the height of the fire large pieces of burned plastic could be seen floating in the air. Hydrocarbons also rained down on firefighters with black droplets landing on everything.
Six different departments fought the blaze which at 5 pm continues to burn.
ATF is responding with their National Response Team and are expected to be here in the morning. In addition Fire Marshal’s from Conroe, Shenandoah, and Montgomery County.
Additional details later.