Enloe bank fire

Enloe State Bank in Cooper caught fire on May 11. Investigators believe the fire was deliberately set and are looking into it. 

COOPER — A Saturday evening blaze at the Enloe State Bank in Cooper is now under investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office, said the latter agency’s Lt. Brian Fine.

“We are involved in the investigation, however, ATF has taken the lead on the investigation. Because it is a bank, it is a federal asset, which is typically why ATF is involved,” he said.

Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith said they and the fire department were called out at 6:38 p.m. Saturday, and they found papers on a table in the conference room on fire.

“There was no structural damage,” Smith said. “There were papers lit on fire, and we believe it is suspicious, but we don’t have anymore information at this point.”

Calls to the ATF and Enloe State Bank went unreturned by press time.

Kim Cox is the city editor for The Paris News. She can be reached at 903-785-6965 or at kim.cox@theparisnews.com.

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