Witnesses say fire originated in portable toilets behind the building and spread; no injuries
KILLEEN, Texas (Dec. 6, 2022) – Killeen firefighters put out a fire that appears to have originated in one of the seven portable toilets behind the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce and spread to the building, just before 7p.m. There were no injuries.
Fire crews received multiple calls about the plastic porta-potties on fire at 6:43p.m. and they arrived on scene at 1 Santa Fe Plaza Drive by 6:46p.m. Firefighters had the flames under control by 6:58p.m.
“Due to the calls from citizens and the quick response from our firefighters, damage was contained,” Fire Chief Jim Kubinski said. “While the damage is significant, it could have been just worst.”
The response team included 23 personnel— three engines, one heavy rescue truck with tower ladders, one ambulance, two battalion chiefs, and two EMS supervisors.
Building officials will assess the building in the morning to determine if it is habitable.
“This is a terribly unfortunate issue, but the good thing is that there was no one in the building,” Scott Connell, president and CEO of the Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce said. “We look forward to working with the City of Killeen on the safest way to move forward.”
The Fire Marshal’s office was on scene and is investigating.
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