Investigation continues into fatal Lamar Co. industrial fire

LAMAR COUNTY, TX-- A worker was killed in a fire at a trailer manufacturing facility in Lamar County Thursday.

The fire started around 11:30 at PJ Trailers, a major Lamar County employer located in Tigertown, about 15 miles northwest of Paris.

Firefighters from 11 Lamar County volunteer departments, plus two from surrounding counties and the Paris Fire Department helped battle the flames. The Lamar County Sheriff's Office tells us all 240 employees were accounted for, except for one.

After hours of searching they found the man's body inside the shop, where they believe the fire started. The Lamar County Sheriff's Office, the Paris Fire Marshal and the State Fire Marshal will return to the scene Thursday to continue their investigation.

We're told the ATF has been notified, as well as OSHA, who will be on scene Thursday.

Fire Marshal Dale Maberry says there are some preliminary reports about what may have happened, but the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

"It's our understanding there was a third party contractor working in the building at the time, and the area where they were working is where the fire started," said Fire Marshal Dale Maberry. "The area of origin is the only thing that can be determined at this time. The investigation could take weeks at this point."

The victims name has not yet been released.

"The victim was pronounced by Justice of the Peace Tim Risinger and the body was sent for autopsy and forensic identification," said Sheriff Scott Cass.

Maberry believes the building is a total loss. PJ Trailers is expected to release a statement in the next few days.

No one else was injured in the fire.

Stay with News 12 for the latest on this investigation.


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