POSTED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 11:12am
UPDATED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 7:05pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — An early morning fire destroyed the Polk Pick it Up store and gas station in Apple Springs. That community is southwest of Lufkin.
The Trinity County Sheriff's Office says they received a call about smoke just after six this morning. A deputy who first arrived on the scene says eight volunteer fire departments responded to the fire but the store burned to the ground within 20 minutes.
Officials say that employees of the store said they smelled smoke when they turned a heater on Wednesday. When they turned the heater on again this morning, they smelled smoke again. A firefighter told Deputy Justin Sikes that the fire appeared to be electrical, related to the heater.
Brookshire Brothers released the follow statement to KETK following Thursday's fire.
"While the fire which impacted our Polk Pick It Up in Apple Springs is unfortunate, we are thankful that there were no injuries.
Brookshire Brothers/Polk Oil are committed to continuing our service to the people of Apple Springs. We intend to rebuild and will offer an interim kiosk as soon as possible so that we can continue servicing this community.
On this Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful to the volunteer fire departments of Apple Springs, Moffett, Groveton, Trinity, Rivercrest, Central, Hudson, and Fuller Springs for responding to the call."