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ATF now involved in San Marcos RV fire

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SAN MARCOS (CBS 8) - On Wednesday, ATF agents were on the scene of last weekend's massive fire at a San Marcos RV center. 

Agents were trying to find out what sparked the fire that caused more than $4 million in damage. 

The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m., Saturday, at an RV repair center at Holland Motor Homes, which is located at 251 Travelers Way.

There were eight motor homes inside the repair center. Those motor homes had their propane tanks that fueled the fire. 

"It's a pretty big devastation. $4.2 million is the loss. It's a pretty big space," said Steve Cordle, the National Response Team leader. 

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According to Eric Harden, with the ATF, "the structure size and scope, we were asked to come and bring our national response team who posses the expertise to look at matters of this size and scope." 

The ATF National Response Team has 18 special agents whose specialties include chemistry, engineering, even photography. 

The team will be looking at a number of factors, trying to figure out where this fire started, and how. 

"You have electrical issues, you have weather, could be arson," said Cordle. 

Also helping in the investigation is the Sheriff's Department's bomb arson unit. 

Investigators will have to comb through the debris and be careful. 

 "As you see out here there's shoring out here. We always have issues with the outside of the building collapsing, falling out. We have some over head challenges we are working out. Still got a few smoldering spots were working out," said Cordle. 

No RVs outside the facility were destroyed, but of those ones inside that were, for one family, it was more than just a motor home. 

"There is a motor coach inside. A fifth wheel that belongs to a military family, and they lived in that motor coach, and it burned to the ground. Everything they had was in it. 

One family watching CBS News 8 coverage of the fire saw that their RV had been spared from the destruction.

Gary Mills said that their motor home was at the RV center to have the propane line repaired.

The fire was so fierce and grew so quickly, over 100 fire fighters were needed to extinguish it. 

The San Marcos Fire Department told CBS News 8 two fire fighters suffered minor injuries on Sunday. 

One became sick and another had an injury to his hand. 

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