One building collapsed and others sustained damage in an early morning fire in downtown Palestine Saturday.
Spokesman Lt. Devin Jackson says firemen got the call shortly after midnight. When the firemen arrived they reported heavy fire and smoke from the rear of a building at 119 East Oak Street. Jackson says the fire quickly caused the building to collapse. Palestine firemen got help from nearby communities and were able to contain the blaze. Surrounding buildings suffered only minimal damage according to Jackson.
Saturday afternoon investigators brought in dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to search the rubble according to Wendy Ellis. Two bodies were found. Ellis says both victims have been taken to the coroner's office. No names have been released yet. Two Palestine firemen suffered heat related injuries during the fire and were treated at the scene.
The State Fire Marshal's Office will help in the investigation of the fire Jackson says. No damage estimate is available and a cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
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