On October 3, 2023, tragedy struck a small business in Northeast Texas as flames engulfed Wallace Processing, a family-owned game processing business located on Highway 154 South near FM 1567. The fire, which began shortly after 2:40 p.m., raged for three hours, resulting in the complete destruction of the establishment. Eleven fire departments, including Hopkins County Fire Department, Arbala Volunteer Fire Department, Miller Grove Fire Department, Brinker Fire Rescue, Cumby Volunteer Fire Department, Pickton-Pine Forest Fire Department, North Hopkins Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Como Fire Department, Sulphur Springs Fire Department, Yantis Fire Department, and Lands End Fire Department, rushed to the scene to battle the blaze. Additionally, Hopkins County Fire Marshals and Hopkins County EMS were present to provide assistance.
Despite the extensive damage, the most fortunate aspect of this incident is that no injuries were reported. The loss of Wallace Processing comes at a particularly challenging time for the business, as the incident occurred at the beginning of deer season, a crucial period for game processing businesses.
"Wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the prayers and support. Especially want to say thanks to all the first responders for putting out the fire.", posted Wallace Processing on their facebook page.
In response to the devastating event, the community is rallying together to support the Wallace family. Plans for a benefit event are underway, aiming to demonstrate solidarity and provide assistance to the affected family. Additionally, a fundraiser has been set up to collect contributions for the Wallace family during this difficult time.
Link to Gofundme for the Wallace family: https://gofund.me/a841dff6