Fumes Still Linger After Early Morning Paint Shop Fire

KILLEEN (August 2, 2013)—Killeen firefighters battled a large fire overnight at the Tasco Auto Color paint shop that left the building in ruins.

Nearby Marlboro Park was closed Friday morning as crews cleaned up paint that spilled there from a drainage system that was flooded during the fire.

As well, citizens were discouraged from travelling in the area because fumes from the blaze lingered and could cause respiratory distress, dizziness and nausea.

Anyone in the area who experiences these or other symptoms should leave the area or seek medical attention.

Firefighters were called at about 2:30 a.m. to the scene at 800 Highland Drive where the first units reported smoke and flames coming from the building.

First-arriving crews said they went at once into a defensive posture to try to keep the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

Fire marshals were on the scene early Friday morning trying to determine a cause of the blaze.

No one was reported injured.

Automotive paint and related products were stored at the business and as a result the water used to extinguish the flames washed paint products into a concrete drainage culvert in Marlboro Park.

Marlboro Park is closed temporarily while cleanup efforts are underway.

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