ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC)Smoke could be seen Saturday evening, emerging from a vacant building on Abilene’s southside, owned by McMurry University.


The Abilene Fire Department (AFD) released an update to Saturday’s fire in the building a couple blocks behind McMurry University, late Saturday night.

According to the release, the building in the 1600 block of Vine Street was used for storage and was not occupied.

Fire crews made an interior attack first, meaning firefighters entered the building to put out fire and control heavy smoke.

AFD said the cause of fire remains under investigation and estimated damages to be in the $45,000 range.

Original report

Around 6:40 p.m., fire was reported at the corner of Vine and South 16th Streets.

Luckily, located just across the street is the City of Abilene’s Fire Station 3. Fire crews were able to be on-scene quickly and put out the fire.

Smoke damage may be extensive, as firefighters could be seen removing charred furniture from the building. Smoke was still billowing from windows an hour after the fire was initially reported.

This fire is an ongoing investigation. KTAB/KRBC will update this story as new information becomes available.