CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) – Jacksonville police and firefighters responded to a large structure fire near the intersection of Austin and El Paso streets. The structure appears to be a hotel.
A Jacksonville Police Department spokesperson confirmed Sunday afternoon that there was a large structure fire near the intersection of Austin and El Paso streets. The JPD officer said he blocked traffic on Austin and El Paso streets.
“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and a special thank you to the multitude of departments that came to our aid,” said a post on the Jacksonville Fire Department’s Facebook page. “The department is still at the scene of a major structural fire at the corner of El Paso St. and Austin St., known as Hotel RITUAL.”
The Facebook post said most of the hotel’s interior had been destroyed and firefighters were still trying to put out the blaze.
According to a post on the Cherokee County Instanews Facebook page, the Jacksonville Fire Department has requested assistance from Earle’s Chapel and North Cherokee Volunteer Fire Departments.
A second structure, a house, near the intersection of Austin and San Antonio Street caught fire later Sunday.
A spokesperson for the city of Jacksonville said the first 911 call was made around 1:03 p.m. Sunday.
The Jacksonville spokesperson said no one was in the structure when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported.
Fire personnel believe the fire started in the basement of the hotel, but that will be determined during the investigation.
According to the East Texas News reporter at the scene, the hotel has three floors and a basement, and the third floor collapsed.
Around 4 p.m. Sunday, the Jacksonville Public Information Officer said the second fire was out. The Jacksonville spokesperson said the second fire was unrelated to the first fire.
Firefighters are still trying to put out the blaze at the hotel, he said.
Rusk Firefighters tend to the Jacksonville Fire Station while JFD personnel battle the blazes, the city spokesperson said.
Motorists traveling through this part of Jacksonville should exercise caution and seek alternate routes.
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