Lightning Ruled Out as Cause of Virginia Plant Fire

July 2, 2014

Investigators have ruled out lightning as a possible cause of a fire that caused more than half a million dollars damage to a former furniture plant in Martinsville, Va.

Martinsville fire marshal Ted Anderson says all other possible causes are still on the table.

Anderson tells The Martinsville Bulletin that the March 3 fire at the former American of Martinsville plant caused an estimated $516,800 worth of damage.

Anderson says metal and bricks recovered from the site will be recycled.

The property’s owner, Robin Hiatt of Stuart, declined to comment.

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