AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Amarillo Fire Department was in Downtown Amarillo Friday morning, responding to a fire that sent heavy smoke throughout the area. As of 8:30 a.m. the fire was noted as under control, though crews were expected to stay in the area throughout the day.
Officials with the Amarillo Fire Department described that the two-alarm fire first saw crews on-scene at around 6:15 a.m. with eight units initially responding. The building was vacant, and no injuries have been reported.
Heavy smoke was visible from the MyHighPlains.com Roy McCoy Tower Camera.
While there had been no confirmation regarding the specific building caught in the early morning blaze or its cause, officials with the Amarillo Fire Department said this was a defensive fire operation from the beginning due to the risk to the surrounding area. The fire is still under investigation.
On a further note, officials described the building impacted by the fire as unstable on one side and has since been torn down as of the afternoon. Officials said crews will be taking shifts to monitor the remains of the building.
Those in the area are advised to be cautious when driving and be aware of emergency responders.
This story is developing. Check with MyHighPlains.com for updates.