Investigation into fire at Brookside on College continues

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | 2:51 p.m. CDT; updated 8:52 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

COLUMBIA — It's still unknown what caused the May 27 fire at the Brookside on College construction site at 1221 E. Walnut St. The investigation continues to be an active one, Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Steven Sapp said.

Investigators have conducted scene examinations and dozens of interviews, according to a news release from the Fire Department. As information continues to come in, investigators must look into the various possibilities, Sapp said. This makes it hard to predict when the investigation will come to a conclusion.

The job is a substantial one and has required help from Columbia Police Department detectives, Missouri's Division of Fire Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the release stated. People from these departments provide expertise and are helping to tackle the sheer number of interviews in a timely fashion, Sapp said.

"It's like having a second set of eyes to look at things," Sapp said. 

Investigators will continue to conduct interviews and follow up on leads. 

Supervising editor is Ann Elise Taylor.

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