Arson suspected in two-alarm fire at Torres Collision

Fire at Torres Collision

Beaumont Fire-Rescue units battled a raging two-alarm fire at Torres Collision in the 1500 block of Laurel Drive in the early morning hours Nov. 21, reports Capt. Brad Penisson.

Units reportedly responded to the fire at about 2:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found the rear of the business heavily involved by flames. Firefighters began "an aggressive interior fire attack," Penisson stated in a release, but there was a partial building collapse within minutes, trapping three firefighters. They were quickly pulled from under the rubble by other firefighters. Two of them sustained minor injuries. The two injured first responders were treated on the scene by Beaumont EMS.

The fire attack then became defensive. Penisson described, and a second alarm was called to bring additional units and firefighters to the scene. The fire was brought under control after about an hour, but firefighters were on the scene for approximately four hours. The business sustained heavy damage from the fire. At this time, the cause of the fire appears to be deliberate, according to Penisson.