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Sunday night fire destroys Edna bank

Jan. 24, 2011 at 9 a.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.

Edna Fire Chief Wendell Hamilton talks to an American Electric Power worker about the Sunday night fire that destroyed Citizens State Bank in Edna.

EDNA - A Sunday night fire that damaged the Citizens State Bank in Edna has its clients going to the Ganado branch.

The fire originated in the attic. But what caused the fire still has not been determined, Fire Chief Wendell Hamilton said.

The bank safe and all clientele documentation in the safes were not damaged, said Brian Cunningham, vice president of the Ganado branch.

Cunningham was unsure of any loose documentation. He hopes to be able to tour the premises in several days.

Most of the tin roof is charred and caved in to the building, while some pieces, like a photo frame, remained untouched.

The fire mostly damaged the roofing. Still, the facility is unusable.

"You might as well say it's totaled," Hamilton said.

The Edna Fire Department is waiting for the insurance company and state fire marshal to examine the building to find out the cause of the blaze, Hamilton said.

The Ganado, Lolita, Vanderbilt and El Campo fire departments helped contain the fire, Hamilton said.

A temporary building is going to be opened within the next couple of days, but for now, Edna customers have to make deposits and withdrawals at the Ganado branch, Cunningham said.

Norma Zarate has banked with the Edna branch for the past 15 years and was worried about her important documentation.

"It's real disappointing to hear," the 37-year-old said. "We had to drive to Ganado this morning to bank."

The bank will waive fees incurred from its customers using other banks' ATMs, he said.

Other Jackson County banks have joined in to help the bank, which has been in Edna since 1988, he said.

"We regret the inconvenience caused to our customers and are committed to resuming normal banking operations in Edna as soon as possible," Cunningham said.

The employees of the Edna branch have been moved to the Ganado branch for the time being, he added.

"We're just glad everyone is OK," Cunningham said.

No one was at the bank at the time of the blaze.



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