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Firefighter injured in Longview auto store fire

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

The Longview Fire Department says the O'Reilly Auto Parts story in the 500 block of Marshall Avenue in Longview is a total loss. 

An East Texas firefighter is recovering from burns he got during that fire.

It happened just before one o'clock today at O'Reilly auto parts in the 500 block of west Marshall avenue in Longview. Billowing clouds of smoke were spilling out of O'Reilly's when fire crews arrived.

"We saw the corner of the building smoking on out , kind of wrapping on out. All of the sudden it just got worse and worse," says witness Roland Badillo. 

Customers and employees escaped just before the building was engulfed inside.

"There was a considerable amount of smoke coming from the structure we do know that in the corner that's on fire there's a lot of combustible flammable liquids," says Longview fire marshal Johnny Zackary.  

As ladders and more units arrived, bystanders were stunned as they watched a firefighter scramble from the smoke.

"We saw a guy walking outside on fire. Running outside the building, he was on fire," Badillo says.

"We did have one fighter sustain some minor burns , we're going to treat him on scene for now," the Longview fire marshal said.  

That firefighter was hospitalized with minor burns. As crews attacked the blaze, something unexpected happened. Product line such as oil and shocks began to explode inside the building. Heat and pressure began to build inside , forcing crews to back away.    

"There's been some minor explosions of cans and different containers inside so far," Zackery says.   

Finally crews were able to get close enough to begin dousing the flames and control a dangerous scene. Investigators say they are investigating what caused the fire.

Marshall Avenue was closed for several hours from Tyler to Methvin Street.

Six units responded to the scene. 

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