Fire engulfs a structure Sunday night at Raymondville. Area departments respond.

Firefighters from the City of Houston, Raymondville and Licking fire departments responded at about 8:50 p.m. Sunday to a structure fire at a former Laundromat at Mill and Wilson streets in Raymondville.

Authorities reported that Houston sent its ladder truck and a crew of six, Licking brought two tankers and a pumper truck and about 15 personnel, while Raymondville sent a pumper and five firefighters. After being a Laundromat, the building had reportedly been converted into living spaces, but had been vacant for several years.

The building was a total loss, and crews on the scene mainly worked to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby homes. Siding on a home across the street from the fire reportedly melted from the heat.

Authorities deemed the fire suspicious, and the fire marshal’s office and Texas County Sheriff’s Department are investigating.

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