ATF taking over downtown Gladewater fire investigation

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Multiple fire departments have contained a large structure fire in the downtown Gladewater area.

According to Gladewater fire officials, crews were still cleaning up and putting out hotspots Thursday morning. The massive blaze caught several adjacent businesses on fire around 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Chief Robert Vine of the Gladewater Police Department said firefighters battled the fire at Tony’s Old South restaurant, formerly known as The Fork restaurant, which then spread to another business next door. Tony’s was only open for about a month before it burned down.

Vine said the origin of the fire is a building on the corner, adjacent to Tony’s. The building was empty at the time the fire began.  A nearby store owner said an antique store was in the building and was being cleared out the day of the fire.

Three buildings were destroyed, however, some items were saved from one of the structures before it burned.

No one was injured in the blaze.

The Gregg County Fire Marshal’s Office stated the ATF will take over the investigation. No cause has been determined. Gladewater Fire Department stated they would remain on scene to monitor the area throughout the day.

Downtown traffic remains open to drivers.

Fire crews from Longview and Sabine also assisted with the large fire.

SWEPCO is working to restore power to neighboring buildings.

KETK will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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