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Pike County warehouse fire ruled an arson

Firefighters from numerous department descend on a fire at Carter Brothers Warehouse in Pike Co. The fire is now being ruled an arson. Firefighters from numerous department descend on a fire at Carter Brothers Warehouse in Pike Co. The fire is now being ruled an arson.
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -- Investigators have determined the fire at Carter Brothers warehouse in Hamilton Crossroads was deliberately set.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms provided WSFA 12 News with a press release from the State Fire Marshal's office.

In it, State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk says investigators have determined the cause and source of the Pike County blaze.

The report goes on to say teams with Paulk's office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms figured out the fire was the result of arson.

Agents from the ATF were able to fill in the blanks, telling WSFA 12 News investigators determined the cause Sunday night.

Some 19 fire departments helped with the initial blaze.

Since then, national response teams and agents have been hard at work, literally going piece by piece through the 160,000 square foot building to make their determination.

Now, the second phase of the investigation begins.  Agencies are teaming together to find the person or people responsible for the crime.

They'll have a lot to answer for. The blaze, according to the State Fire Marshal's office, caused $16 to $20 million in damage.

The building also caught fire nearly ten years ago. Investigators did determine where the fire started, but not how.

To view the full details of the report, click here.

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