The investigation of a cause of the Sept. 14 fire at Do-Cut Hardware, 6442 S. Raccoon Road, has been concluded. The official statement was made on Tuesday, Oct. 25 and business owners can now proceed to demolish the structure.
Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief Don Hutchison said the investigation has taken three weeks. He said the first day, the State Fire Marshall’s office had representatives on the scene, but afterwards it was just the CJFD inspector and the insurance company.
“We have been there every day since the fire,” Hutchison said. “I am satisfied with the outcome.”
According to Hutchinson, investigators from the CJFD and the insurance company believe the specific cause of the fire was an electrical defect in an outlet/adapter that was located around the paint and hardware section of the building. Hutchison said the investigators have determined it was accidental, but do not know what caused the electrical defect. He did say the building was constructed around 1978 or '79.
Hutchison said motorists passing the building over the past couple of weeks may have noticed heavy equipment working on the structure.
“That was actually part of the investigation,” the chief said.
He said the heavy equipment cleared and removed debris under the guidance of the inspectors.
With the investigation over, the owners are now free to demolish the old structure.
“They can clear it out and rebuild,” Hutchison said.