GLADEWATER - A large fire that destroyed two buildings January 4, 2017 in downtown Gladewater was caused by human action, but undetermined if accidental or intentional.
According to ATF Dallas Field Division's Assistant Special Agent in Charge Vincent Pallozi,
“All of the scene information has been gathered and analysis of the information will continue,” “While we have found that the fire was caused by human action, it is undetermined at this time if the fire was accidental or intentional.”
About 15 special agents and other experts with the National Response Team (NRT) were activated at the request of the Gregg County Fire Marshal's Office to join the investigation of the fire that collapsed a structure at 109 N. Main Street in Gladewater.
Anyone with information related to the fire should contact the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, at (903) 236-8400 or Gregg County Crime Stoppers at (903) 236-7867.
People can also submit a tip through ATF’s new “reportit” app available at www.reportit.com and at Google Play and the Apple App Store. All tips are confidential and can be anonymous.
The call came in just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night reporting a fire on North Main Street at Tony's Old South Cafe, formerly known as The Fork.
Four fire departments responded and it took over five hours to battle the blaze that destroyed the cafe and another building.
No injuries were reported.
The fire also burned powerlines, forcing SWEPCO officials to cut power between Quitman Street and Pacific Street, and Main Street and North Ferry Street. Officials said the Post Office on Dean street will remain without power Thursday morning.
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