On March 2, 2021 at approximately 10:46 a.m. the Abilene Fire Department responded to a structure fire located in the 100 block of Windmill Circle. Fire crews arrived to find a large commercial structure with light smoke coming from the north side of the building. All employees had self-evacuated prior to AFD’s arrival. A smoldering fire was discovered in a below-grade conveyor belt track. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished preventing any structural damage to the building. Investigation revealed that ignition was the result of welding operations igniting flammable residue in the conveyor track. The fire is ruled accidental and damages are estimated at $5,000.