Cause of fire undetermined

Published on Wednesday, 8 January 2014 01:09 - Written by Staff Reports

Tyler Fire Department investigators said they concluded their investigation of a Tyler commercial fire but did not determine its cause.

Tyler fire crews were called to Moose Auto Glass, 4220 Timms St., at 7:11 p.m. Monday. The building was heavily damaged by fire. Smoke could be seen for miles and an orange glow from flames could be seen by traffic on Loop 323.

Investigators believe the fire started in the middle of the building, but the cause was undetermined as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the department. Structural collapses hurt how quickly the firefighters could extinguish the flames and the investigators’ ability to determine a cause, the release states.

The garage area of the shop was a total loss, and the office area received moderate damage.

Five engines and two ladder trucks worked to put out the blaze Monday evening in below-freezing temperatures. Firefighters attacked it from the front and from the top with a ladder angled above the building.

Moose Auto Glass was founded in 1954 in downtown Tyler and moved to its current site about 1990.