Fire crews battled a large commercial structure fire at a wood finishing company in Bell County Tuesday night.
The fire broke out a little before 5 p.m. at Widner Product Finishing -- a 54,000 square foot facility in Rogers. Officials said it was under control a few hours later. But, crews were intentionally letting it continue to burn Wednesday morning due to chemicals inside the building, which were preventing them from fully extinguishing the blaze.
Bell County Fire Marshal Steve Casey said the cause of the fire was a dust collector that broke into flames. He said the fire progressed to wall insulation and then into the main building.
PHOTOS: Firefighters battle fire at wood finishing company in Rogers
A portion of 190 was shut down near the scene.
Firefighters from multiple agencies including Central Bell County Fire/Rescue, Buckholts, Rogers, Little River-Academy and Temple were dispatched.
Temple Fire and Rescue sent one engine at 5:01 p.m. and one ladder truck at 6 p.m. to assist the other units already on site.
Two employees at the company said everyone was able to evacuate quickly when the fire broke out, and nobody was hurt. One employee said about 15 people worked at the facility.
"This is very traumatic my factory is burning down," Owner Adam Fuhr told reporter Emani Payne off-camera. "Everyone is OK. We're waiting to see what happens"
Neighbors described large flames at the scene.
“I was outside with my dog and staring over there and heard a loud pop and saw flames as high as the building and then the fire department came," said Jessica, who lives across the street.
Community members dropped off food for the first responders.
"We have been calling around trying to get donations of food and different ones have been helping," Sue Tomascik with the Rogers Community Alliance said. "We had some at the house that we wanted to bring and do what we could...That's kind of what the Community Alliance does. We like to improve our community and help where we can."
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.