Blaze breaks out in downtown Galveston

April 7, 2009 2:26:17 PM PDT
Galveston firefighters responded to a structure fire at 12:30pm Tuesday in the island's downtown area.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

A fire broke out at two buildings owned by the Bowers Construction Company located at 2605 and 2607 Mechanic Street. The buildings were used as warehouse and workshop space. Stored lumber and construction chemicals contributed to the fire's intensity.

When firefighters first arrived on the scene they responded to the heavy smoke and fire. After an hour, they had the blaze nearly 80 percent contained. Due to structural damage and a partial roof collapse, firefighters continued to fight the blaze with several hoses.

No injuries were reported. Streets in the immediate vicinity were closed to traffic.

Several fire stations responded to the blaze. Four engines, two ladder trucks, one rescue vehicle and several support vehicles were still on the scene more than two hours after the blaze broke out. The Galveston Fire Marshal's Office will investigate to determine the cause of the fire.

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