Officials begin investigation of massive Vidor fire

Police and fire officials were at the scene of the old Tower Medical Center of Vidor on Main Street throughout the day Saturday, trying to figure out what led to the fire that destroyed the abandoned building Friday night.

A charred heap of smoldering wood and metal is all that's left of the building, and small flames still needed to be put out Saturday morning.

"It took a unified effort to get it all under control, but we were successful in that we were able to protect the exposures and there were no additional buildings damaged," Chief Bryant Champagne with Orange County Emergency Services District  #1 told 12News.

It took close to 50 firefighters from five different agencies about four hours to extinguish the fire. Officials say no one was inside when the blaze began and no one was injured. At this time investigators don't know what caused the fire or where it started.
"There are confirmed reports that homeless people have been living or staying behind the building," Champagne said. "Vidor police have been called out here before for that, but that's under investigation as well."

Other questions need to be answered as officials searched the rubble for clues,


"We're trying to get in contact with the owner, to see exactly what the building was used for," said Champagne.

Adding a bit of irony to the situation, the smoky remains sit right next to a smoke shop.  

Authorities are not saying the cause of the fire is suspicious at this time.



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