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2 die in fire in East Texas building

Published On: Dec 24 2013 08:10:37 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 30 2013 12:55:26 PM CDT

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) -

Two people have died in fire in a downtown building in the small East Texas town of Palestine.
    
Capt. Jeff Croft of the Palestine Fire Department said a man and a woman died in the fire reported early Saturday morning. He says another person was reportedly able to escape the blaze.
    
A news release from Wendy Ellis, interim city manager, said crews encountered heavy fire conditions and heavy smoke throughout when they arrived on scene.
    
The news release said that within minutes of firefighters' arrival, the building began to collapse.
    
The building housed a thrift store and was a total loss. Surrounding buildings received minimal damage.