Firefighters work to put out a blaze that destroyed the Exxon service station in Royse City early Monday morning. No injuries were reported.

Royse City’s fire chief is hopeful officials will be able to enter the Exxon Prime Stop this week to determine what caused an early Monday morning fire that destroyed the building.

Fire Chief Richard Bell said Monday afternoon that what’s left of the building is unsafe. He said the building will not be safe to enter until some metal is removed from the structure.

A service station, convenience store and restaurant operated in the building located on the north Interstate 30 service road, just east of Farm to Market 35

Bell said an employee of the business reported the fire about 1:30 a.m., saying that he could see smoke and fire in the ceiling.

The blaze was extinguished about an hour and a half later by firefighters from the Royse City Fire Department, Fate Department of Public Safety and McLendon-Chisholm Fire Department.

Three employees were in the building when the fire was discovered, according to Bell. There were no injuries.

The chief said he will investigate, along with Chief Brian Griffeth and Capt. Jim Simmons, both of the Fate Department of Public Safety. Griffeth is a former Rockwall County fire marshal and Simmons is the current county fire marshal.

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