PALMER — A fire consumed an outbuilding that contained a shop along with two motorcycles and a tractor Monday morning. Firefighters from around the area were dispatched at about 5:30 a.m. to the 2400 block of Farm-to-Market Road 813.

Palmer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Ricky McElhaney said when firefighters arrived they found the structure already fully involved.

“It was a defensive fire. We attacked it from the outside because we could not see what we had. We couldn’t go in it till we got some help,” McElhaney said. “They had kind of an office built on one side. Storage on another and it opened up in the middle. It (had) some walls in there that we could not see.”

McElhaney said the building was detached from the main residence, which was not damaged. Providing assistance on the call were members of the Bristol, Ferris and Red Oak Fire Departments. While working the fire the power to the structure was shut off through a breaker located at the main residence.

McElhaney said the fire was brought under control within an hour. No injuries were reported from residents or firefighters.

The cause of the fire has not been determined at this time and is under investigation by Ellis County Fire Marshal Tim Birdwell. Firefighters cleared the scene and returned to the station at about 9:30 a.m.

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