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Ceiling Fire Causes Damage At Denison Business

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DENISON, TX -- A business suffered smoke damage after a fire started in the ceiling, just weeks after a hole in the roof caused water damage at the same building.

A dental office normally is a place you think of as being extra sanitary, but a part of a medical office on South Austin Avenue was filled with smoke.

"We received a call of smoke coming out of the eave of the Eisenhower Business Center. Upon arrival, we found construction workers doing hot tar work on the roof," says Denison fire battalion chief Keith Bates.

Denison firefighters responded to the building around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, where they found something burning in the back of the DDS Dentures and Dental Services office.

"We entered the building, we pulled the ceiling tiles down. We found some smoldering insulation inside the attic," says Bates.

"We're putting a new roof on it," says roofer David Martinez.

Workers have been putting a new tar and gravel roof onto the 80,000-square foot building, a former Wal-Mart now owned by the Denison Development Foundation.

Two weeks ago, rain water leaked through the ceiling at the adjoining Novo 1 call center, damaging part of that office.

"Right now, it's pretty minor damage, some little bit of water damage where we had to cool the smoldering insulation down," says Bates.

"We took off at noon we took off for lunch and we don't come back until the sun goes down a little bit. We came back, we seen a little smoke," says Martinez.

Roofers have been using hot tar to replace the roof, and Denison firefighters are looking into whether that may have caused the fire. Meantime, the denture business faces a big clean-up in the back room.

"It possibly was the tar leaking through the roof, it's unknown at this time. The investigation is still continuing," says Bates.

There are no reports of any injuries. The area damaged is not where patients are seen, but is in the back of the office. We were not able to reach the Denison Development Foundation for comment on Friday night.