The Baytown Fire Department responded to a fire at the San Jacinto Mall demolition site Saturday and Sunday.
The fire was first reported about 6:40 p.m. Saturday in debris on the roof near JCPenney, according to a fire department press release. That store is still open.
The first response engine, from the station across the freeway from the mall, observed visible smoke from the roof.
The fire department said five engines, a tower truck, two ambulances and several support staff responded to the call. “Firefighting was complicated by the gap in the roof deck, the fire’s distance from the street, and the weight of the debris,” according to the department.
All visible fire was extinguished and the last engine left by 8:30 p.m.
The fire rekindled overnight, and the fire department returned to the scene at 1:19 a.m. to find visible flames in a large pile of insulation.
As the fire burned, firefighters fought it from above and below, finally extinguishing it and leaving the scene about 5 a.m., when the site was turned over to mall management and the demolition contractor.
Most of the mall is being demolished to make way for a new shopping complex at the site.