ATF Called in After 3-11 Alarm Fire at Garden Ridge Store in Conroe, Texas

At least six fire departments were involved in fighting the 3-11 alarm fire at Garden Ridge in Conroe, Texas.

Garden Ridge, a big box store, in Conroe, Texas is reported to be a total loss after a loud boom was heard and smoke filled the store just after noon Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Soon the 110,000 square-foot store at Texas 242 and I-45 was engulfed in flames and smoke.

All customers and employees evacuated the store safely.

Because of the size of the fire, the rapid spread of a large fire, and the report of witnesses hearing an explosion; the ATF was called in to work on the investigation with local investigators. So far there is no word on what caused the boom and resulting fire.

Garden Ridge is a large warehouse-size home decor store with art, seasonal decor, housewares, outdoor furniture, plant decor and more.

There is a Garden Ridge store in Schaumburg, Illinois at 1325 North Meacham, just south of I-90.

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Heavy smoke and tower ladder operations a the front of the store.

View from across the parking lot.

Thick, black, rolling smoke and flames at Garden Ridge.

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