Atkinson Candy Co. fire damages roof; no injuries

Atkinson Candy Co. fire damages roof; no injuries
Source: Tony Kirby
Source: Tony Kirby
Source: Tony Kirby
Source: Tony Kirby
Thursday afternoon, Atkinson Candy Company experience something for the first time in its 80-year history of candy making: a fire.  Things truly heated up during the second shift around 4:30 PM.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Atkinson President—Eric Atkinson—had left the company and received an urgent call on his cell phone.

 “Somebody said fire,” Atkinson said while watching firefighters still in action.  “So I came back to see what was going on.”

Around 4:45 p.m. Thursday several trucks from the Lufkin Fire Department responded to a call about a fire at the Atkinson plant, which is located at on West Frank Avenue.

Lufkin Fire Department Battalion Chief Jesse Moody and his crew saw candy company workers on the roof battling the blaze.

"The maintenance people from the company where trying to keep the fire under control with a water hose when we arrived,"  Moody said.  "

The fire was in the rear where the power line coming in to contact with the building


According to the president Atkinson, there were 80 employees at work all safely evacuated from the building.

“As far as production is concerned, it was a non-event because none of the fire was inside the building," Atkinson explained. "In an effort to be safe, we got everybody out.”

The fire was contained to the roof on the rear portion of the building.

It took firefighters less than a half-hour to get the roof fire under control.  The employees spent the evening cleaning up and destroying the candy in production when the fire began.  The candy kitchen should be back to its normal candy-making business Friday.  No employees or firefighters were injured.

Lufkin's fire marshal will investigate the exact cause and Atkinson will have a roof inspector come out Friday morning.

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