Two-alarm fire at tool company east of downtown

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February 2, 2012 2:10:10 PM PST
Fire crews were dispatched Thursday afternoon to the scene of a two-alarm fire just east of downtown Houston.

The Houston Fire Department says approximately 100 firefighters responded to the fire which broke out at about 12:15pm at the Texas Tool Company in the 1100 block of Hackney at Jefferson. Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames pouring out of the building. A portion of the roof reportedly caved in.

An HFD spokesperson says he believes everyone got out of the building safely. We're told employees at the building tried to put the fire out by themselves, but when they couldn't, they called 911.

HFD says although hazardous material units did respond, there were no chemicals involved.

Officials don't know what started the fire. It was tapped out shortly before 1pm. A nearby building was also evacuated because it was close to the fire and smoke was blowing into it.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. There were no other reported injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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