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Investigation Into Four-Alarm Warehouse Fire Continues

9/9/2013


(photo courtesy IFD)

The investigation continues into Sunday night's four-alarm warehouse fire on the city's near southeast side.

IFD Capt. Rita Burris says firefighters left the scene at noon Monday after the fire broke out around 9:00 Sunday night. IFD and IMPD investigators are doing preliminary work with the investigation while awaiting approval form the Department of Code Enforcement to enter the warehouse.  

Engineers are assessing the structural integrity of the building both on the ground and from the air with assistance from the Indiana State Police helicopter.  Depending on the DCE's findings, the building will either be submitted for emergency demolition or shored up for stability.

Burris says the Environmental Protection Agency has been called in for air quality monitoring to provide health and safety information for investigators.  She says before the fire, EPA had done monitoring inside the building and found nothing of concern.

"Investigators will be unable to do active on scene investigation until (Tuesday) morning at the earliest and will only be granted once the findings from DCE are completed," Burris says.

Officials from a regional office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will assist with the investigation when they arrive Tuesday.  At this time, Burris says a possible cause and origin of the fire has not been determined.

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