Stubborn Storage Facility Fire Extinguished After More Than A Week

For the first time in more than a week Friday, firefighters weren’t at the scene of a stubborn fire that smoldered for days at a Temple industrial building.

The three-alarm fire broke out at around 10 p.m. on April 14. (File)

TEMPLE (April 22, 2011)—Temple firefighters early Friday morning doused the last smoldering remnants of a three-alarm fire that broke out more than a week ago at the Forta Corp. facility at 608 East French Ave.

Firefighters remained on the scene around the clock after the fire on April 14, spraying smoldering stacks of laminate with water to keep embers from spreading.

On Tuesday, heavy equipment was brought in to break the smoldering bundles apart so remaining hot spots could be extinguished.

The fire was declared under control just after 2:30 a.m. on April 15.

The fire was reported just after 10 p.m. on April 14, and the first crews at the scene reported flames and smoke coming from the sheet metal commercial building.

The first units immediately asked for a second alarm and shortly after, a third.

Heat from the intense fire caused the exterior of the building to collapse inward on top of the burning laminate.

Officials are looking for the cause of the fire.


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