Beaumont Fire Rescue responded to a reported structure fire at 110 S. 4th St. shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, April 7, to find a patch of wooded brush in the area fully engulfed in flames.
According to reports from the agency, when firefighters arrived, they found a pile of tires on fire inside of a vacant warehouse that was being torn down. A contractor company hired by Moore Supply to tear down an old building behind the business was apparently using a cutting torch and accidentally caught the pile of tires on fire, investigators contend.
It reportedly took firefighters almost two hours to extinguish the fire. One firefighter was transported by Beaumont EMS to Baptist Hospital to be treated for heat related injuries.