Origin of BTW fire may likely never be known

BTW school before and after

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We are two days removed from the Building C fire and now we try to find out what started the blaze.

Up to 100 Montgomery firefighters responded in the three-alarm fire early Saturday morning. Just getting the fire out was enough of a challenge for Montgomery firefighters. Containing the blaze took about two hours.

Now comes an even more difficult task; figuring out what started it. This we know; it was not deliberately set.

"They have reviewed surveillance footage inside and outside the building and there is no evidence that points to anything deliberately set," said Montgomery Fire Department Lt. Jason Cupps.

And there is a high likelihood we will never know.

This was not what you might call a normal fire, the kind where something is left over for investigators to work off of such as standing walls. Not the case here with Building C, no walls, nothing but a pile of rubble starting from the basement on up.

"Because whereas in a normal fire you can go in and look at walls and burn patterns. There were no walls to look at here. It was all destroyed at that point," said Cupps.

Any potential clues to what ignited the blaze are probably gone much like the beloved building itself.

Some may be wondering about the tunnel - the one that connects the main campus to what was Building C. This is the tunnel that goes under Union Street.

It did not collapse but it is partially flooded and thoroughly blocked by fallen bricks on the other end.

The Montgomery Public School system says students of the school will be out for a week while preparations are made to move them to the now-closed Hayneville Road School.

A webpage has been set up to help keep parents and the community informed about the fire and aftermath. From the link, choose "For Parents" then "BTW Fire Information Page" to view the information.

The fire department says a passing motorist on Grove Street first noticed the blaze and called 911. There were no injuries in the blaze.

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