Investigators seek answers in fatal Lamar Co. industrial fire

TIGERTOWN, TX -- The investigation continues into what sparked a large fire at a Lamar County trailer manufacturing plant Wednesday, that left one worker dead.

A state fire marshal, OSHA and insurance investigators were on scene all day Thursday. There are still several questions that investigators are trying to answer right now and they say it could be weeks before a cause is known.

"This investigation is just beginning," said Sheriff Scott Cass. "It's early in the stages."

Deputies say when they arrived on scene, they were told 240-employees were accounted for, except for one.

"During the search of the area that they were working, one of the volunteer fire department's personnel had found a deceased person," said Cass.

Investigators say the deceased is believed to be a sub-contractor working at the facility, but the identity of the worker has not been confirmed. The worker's body has been sent to American Forensics for autopsy and forensic identification.

Paris Fire Marshal, Dale Maberry, assisted in the investigation and says they are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

"It could take weeks on this magnitude," said Maberry. "It's our understanding that there was a third-party contractor working in the building at the time and the area they were working in is where the fire started, we believe."

News 12 contacted PJ Trailers, but they refused to comment on the investigation. They are expected to release a statement within the next few days.

No other injuries were reported in the fire.


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