Longview, Texas (Longview News-Journal) —
A fire that burned for almost five hours Saturday at a Longview auto parts store caused an estimated $3.5 million in damage and threatened a nearby creek, officials said Sunday.
Motor oil, transmission fluid and other chemicals that are part of the O’Reilly Auto Parts regular inventory threatened to contaminate a creek and drainage system behind the business on West Marshall Avenue, said Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, but were prevented from doing so.
“Early on in the incident they (O’Reilly’s management team) took full responsibility and hired outside companies to handle the hazardous materials portion of it,” Zackary said. “It’s important at a store like this because there’s just a multitude of chemicals in an auto parts store.”
A hazardous materials team with Allied International Emergency responded to the scene after being contacted by O’Reilly’s officials. No contaminants reached the creek, Zackary said, adding that a city crew also set up dikes and dams at runoff points as a precaution.
A firefighter who received steam burns during the incident was doing well Sunday after being treated and released from Longview Regional Medical Center late Saturday, Zackary said.
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