Police still investigating December storage building blaze


One month into an investigation, police say they haven't determined the cause of a fire that resulted in as much as $80,000 damage to a storage building on School Street.

Police and fire investigators initially labeled the Dec. 23 fire "suspicious," but still aren't calling it arson.

"There are just too many variable to say one way or the other," said Storm Fallon, Craig police detective.

Fallon also indicated arson hasn't been ruled out either.

She said most witnesses interviewed to date include employees working at the damaged storage building owned by Samuelson True Value owner Mark Samuleson, as well as workers at neighboring businesses.

Police still want to interview one more ex-employee at True Value, Fallon said.

The waiting game also is being played by Samuelson, who said Monday his insurer still hasn't provided a final loss estimate from the blaze.

The fire, which was reported 12:50 p.m. that day, destroyed most products held in the building, including the hardware store's surplus and special orders.

Vanities, vanity tops and vinyl insulation all held on the second-story were completely consumed by flames.

Separate points of origin in two upstairs rooms were pinpointed by investigators, while police have said no fire accelerants were


Firefighters also knocked holes in the building's roof to ventilate smoke, while its structural support also sustained heavy damage.

I have:

__ Read this story once for content

__ Read this story once for grammar/style

__ Double checked the spellings of all names

__ Double checked all phone numbers/addresses

__ Double checked miscellaneous numbers, figures, etc.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.