Firefighters battle large blaze in downtown Marlin

Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 5:57 PM CDT
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MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) - Firefighters from throughout Central Texas on Friday afternoon converged in Marlin to help firefighters there contain a massive fire that engulfed a two-story building at the corner of Wood Street and Commerce Street.

“Here in Marlin, this is probably one of the largest fires they’ve had in the 21st century,” said Justin Parker, the manager for the City of Marlin Fire and Rescue Services Department.

The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. and it quickly spread to the roofs of neighboring buildings. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the building of origin, Parker said. Efforts were still underway Friday evening to completely extinguish the blaze.

“Fortunately, there was no major damage (to neighboring buildings). Crews got on those quickly and prevented any further damage,” Parker said.

The blaze was about half a block from Main Street. Surrounding properties were reportedly experiencing power outages when the fire erupted.

Parker said two buildings on Commerce Street suffered direct fire damage. Several buildings on Live Oak sustained roof damage as a result of the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

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