Close to 40 people were inside On Target Firearms Training Academy Saturday when a four-alarm fire erupted around 12:00 p.m. in which foul play is not suspected. The facility was practically burned to the ground as ammo started firing out of control.
“We got everyone out of the building… then realized how bad it was,” said Jack Wilson, the owner of the facility.
“It was so fully involved, we couldn’t get all the way inside,” Benbrook Fire Chief Tommy Davis said, according to WFAA.
Investigators have ruled out foul play, and that includes any accidental explosion involving ammunition inside the structure. They believe an electrical malfunction sparked the flames in the gun range on Highway 377 southwest of Benbrook.
“We had just received a large shipment of ammo,” Wilson said. “It was in a secure room on this side of the wall, and it all took off. We had rounds cooking off and the projectiles landing over 100 feet away.”
Watch courtesy of WFAA:
15 departments fire departments responded to the fire, which caused major traffic delays. The fire spread to a storeroom which contained a large shipment of ammo, according to the owner. The facility sustained heavy damage with only part of it not effected by the fire.
No serious injuries were reported by those inside at the time of the fire although one employee did drive himself to the hospital.
One firefighter was injured after falling about 10 feet from a ladder “and hit his neck on one of the ladder rungs,” Davis said. The unidentified firefighter was taken to a hospital, but Davis added that “he’s OK” and expected to be released.
Quote of the day regarding the ammo, “It was in a secure room on this side of the wall, and it all took off.”
Guns don’t kill people but ammo sure packs a punch.
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