Fire aftermath of Athens fertilizer plant

Fire aftermath of Athens fertilizer plant
KETK
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POSTED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 9:10pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 2, 2014 - 9:14pm

Fire officials label the Athens blaze as undetermined Monday afternoon.

While we visiting the East Texas Ag Supply Fertilizer Plant that was storing 70 tons of Ammonium Nitrate at the time of blaze fire officials tell us the cause of fire will still under investigation. 

The State Fire Marshal office was collecting data and the state-wide emergency response team was at the site sifting through rubble for clues.

"The scope here that we are working on is to basically identify all potential ignition sources and any cause for this particular fire, right now we are not seeing any criminal activity having being committed," said Assistant State Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner.

While this fire is under investigation, Athens Police found Athens firefighter Gene Lattis' truck which was stolen from the fire department while fire crews were busy battling the blaze in downtown Athens.

"I saw the vehicle and had some damage to it, unfortunately somebody took advantage of something else that was going on, I was victimized," said Gene Lattis, City of Athens Firefighter. 

Athens Police Chief Buddy Hill tells KETK, they found Lattis' truck in Poynor, just Southeast of Athens early Sunday morning.

Chief Hill says, the truck was processed on Monday for inspection, dusting for fingerprints and looking for any evidence leading to an arrest. "It's all material things, it can be replaced, my main concern was to come back to work and do my job," said Lattis.

Lattis says all crews involved were well prepared to control the fire. "It's such a blessing that no one lost their life or no one was hurt during this whole ordeal on the scene."

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