UPDATE: Fire damages several Texas businesses in historic downtown

DENTON, Texas (AP) — Several businesses have sustained damage in a four-alarm fire that struck a historic downtown square in North Texas.

The fire in downtown Denton appears to have begun early Tuesday in a building that houses a market selling vintage items and other collectibles. The building is across the street from the historic courthouse at the center of the square.

A portion of the building’s roof collapsed and adjacent structures also sustained damage.

It’s not immediately clear how the fire started.

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There were no reports of injuries but one firefighter was treated for dehydration.

Denton County Commissioners Court held an Emergency Meeting Dec. 27 at 10:00 a.m. to approve exemption from bidding for restoration services due to smoke damage at the Courthouse-on-the-Square.

Video of the meeting will be available soon, according to a news release from the county, at:


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All meetings of the Denton County Commissioners Court will be held at Denton County Elections, 701 Kimberly Drive, Elections Multipurpose Room, Denton, 76208, until further notice. County staff will be working out of other locations than the Courthouse-on-the-Square during the restoration process, according to the news release.