Fort Worth

Small ceiling fire quickly quelled at east Fort Worth gun range

Fort Worth firefighters were extra cautious responding to a fire at an East Fort Worth gun range Saturday night but quickly brought it under control and snuffed it, officials said.

The fire was contained to the drop-down ceiling in the 22-firing-lane Winchester Shooting Gallery, among a complex of buildings at 6054 E. Lancaster Ave. that includes a gun store and gunsmith shop under the Winchester name.

Battalion Chief Ralph Diamond said an investigator was inspecting the damage to determine a cause.

“The guys cut a hole in the roof to give the fire somewhere to go,” Diamond said. “We were able to get the fire under control pretty quickly.”

Diamond said gun ranges can pose special problems because of the potential presence of gun powder as well as cleaning solvents that can be toxic when they burn.

“But all the fires we respond to have potential danger points,” he said, adding that the building used to store live rattlesnakes -- years ago, according to the management.

Asked if the department was equipped to deal with rattlesnakes, Diamond said, “We’re equipped for everything.”

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST