FORREST CITY, AR (KAIT) - Even though the investigation into a fire that destroyed five businesses in St. Francis County has ended, no cause has been determined by fire marshals and investigators for the building's insurance company.
According to the Forrest City Fire Department, the fire that destroyed a building in the 200 block of Washington Street Thursday, Jan. 22, started in Qualls Construction. However, the fire burned so hot that investigators couldn't determine how it started.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Reniger, the fire started sometime before 10:40 a.m. in Qualls Construction, located in the south part of the building. Reniger said residents reportedly heard a loud boom before seeing flames. Reniger said the fire then spread through a common roof.
Qualls Construction, Browns Appliance, Antique Rose, Sassy Image and another hair salon were destroyed, leaving many people without jobs.
Reniger said the building is a total loss and the rest of the structure will be torn down for safety reasons.