The Harker Heights fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire at a steel utility shed outside a water treatment plant Wednesday.

Firefighters received a call at 6:59 p.m. and arrived in the 4000 block of Lakecliff Drive in Harker Heights within five minutes, said Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Gallenstein. Responders saw a shed that was “heavily involved” in fire, before extinguishing the blaze within 32 minutes.

Treatment plant workers reported explosion sounds coming from the 300-square-foot shed, which stored paint, propane and other supplies, Gallenstein said. No contaminants were released, but the shed is considered a total loss. No one was injured.

Although it was property of the water facility, the shed was a detached exterior building that didn’t house any chlorine, Gallenstein said. No water service was affected.

Contact Brian Bradley at or (254) 501-7567

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