Mid-Morning Fire Closes Local Business

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COLLEGE STATION - A mid-morning fire has forced the Brazos Running Company, 1667 Texas, to close indefinitely. There were no injuries to occupants or responders.

Fire units responded at 1022 hours to a 911 call reporting fire in the business. The caller stated that smoke and flames appeared in the storage area when the air conditioning unit cycled on. The caller also advised that all occupants were evacuating.

The first unit arrived on the scene at 1024 hours and reported smoke coming from the front door. Subsequent arriving units responded to the rear of the strip center and reported light smoke coming from the open rear door of the business.

As a precaution several adjacent businesses were temporarily evacuated.

The automatic sprinkler system had activated and confined the fire to a small area that was quickly extinguished by responders. The fire was under control at 1049 hours. Fire damage was confined to the air handling unit and a small portion of the storage room. There was smoke and water damage through the rest of the business. There was no appreciable damage to any adjacent businesses.

The College Station Fire Marshal’s office has determined that the cause of the fire was a failure of a control wire in a monitoring circuit that is required in commercial HVAC systems.

Eleven units from College Station FD and one from Bryan FD, staffed by a total of 33 personnel, responded to this incident, assisted by several College Station PD officers and personnel from College Station Utilities.