POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:24pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) —
According to Longview Fire Marshal Chief Johnny Zackary, officials believe they have identified the cause of the fire that burned for nearly five hours and destroyed a Longview business last week .
Authorities have narrowed the focus of the cause of the Saturday, September 28, O'Reilly Auto Parts fire to the area of an electrical component.
The fire started just after 12:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon. Customers and employees were inside at the time, but were able to make it out safely. Motor oil, transmission fluid and other chemicals which 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 Zackary, but were prevented from doing so.
According to fire officials, the building and products in the store were a total loss due to heat damage and the blaze. Zackary tells KETK the total damage amounts to an estimated $3.5 million.
One firefighter was injured, and was treated for minor burns, but has since been released. Fortunately, no other injures have been reported.