Posted: Sep 15, 2010 1:54 PM by Veronica White
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 5:56 PM
Firefighters put out the big warehouse fire in Scott all day Sunday, but the cause is still unknown.
It caused 6 million dollars in damage after eight warehouse buildings went up in flames.
Lafayette and Scott fire officials do not know the cause, and because of the severity of the damage, they got help.
"We made a phone call to ATF Sunday and Monday evening-- we called because it's a large structure, 50,000 square feet, they have the resources to assist us in the investigation," says Alton Trahan of the Lafayette Fire Department.
Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives are investigating and they say it will take 5 to 6 days.
"The first thing we're going to do is locate the origin of the fire. Once we do that we'll start studying the cause-- if this fire was accidental or if we think its an arson fire," says Billy Blair from ATF.
The building belonged to the company Advanced Products and Systems.
Although neighboring businesses did not catch fire, some lost power, as utility services ran behind the burnt structure.
"The big deal is telephones because we're an oil service company and we depend on telephones. Our servers were down so we had no emails or computer access. We got a generator Tuesday morning. That's what we're running on now," says Mike Clayton from Ardent Services.
The 20-member team will report to the fire departments, and if it is arson, they will meet with the District Attorney to decide how to prosecute the case.