Denison Fire Rescue firefighters battled a fire at the former location of the W.J. Smith Wood Preserving Company in Denison Friday evening.
Battalion Chief Bruce Geilhausen said firefighters got the call about the fire at 6:13 p.m. and had it completely out by 8:13 p.m., and the department left the scene.
“My understanding is it is being investigated,” Geilhausen said Saturday of the city’s fire marshal following up on the fire.
Denison Fire Chief Gregg Loyd told KXII the fire is being looked at as a possible arson.
The Environmental Protection Agency classified the location of the building, which is located at 1700 West Morton Street, as an archived superfund site. Superfund sites currently or formerly had contamination by one or more hazardous wastes. However, as an archived superfund site, the EPA does not require any cleanup action or further investigation of the property at this time. The W.J. Smith Wood facility was opened in 1901 and ceased operations in 1991.
Geilhausen said firefighters took a defensive approach at the blaze, not entering the building and putting it out from outside.