Counties in the areas surrounding Beaumont, including Newton, Jasper, Sabine and Orange, are no longer under the threat of damaging winds and rain after a tornado watch was issued by the National Weather (NWS) Service Monday, Feb. 25.
At approximately 8 p.m. Friday night, firefighters from Orange County Emergency Services District No. 1 responded to a commercial structure fire next door to A-1 Smoke Shop, located at 585 N. Main St. in Vidor. The building was formally known as Tower Medical Center and was abandoned. The department fought the fire from an attempted offensive position for about 30 to 45 minutes, according to Bryant Champagne, fire chief of Orange County Services District No.
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