Blytheville FD Chief: Warehouse fire does raise some suspicion

Blytheville FD Chief: Warehouse fire does raise some suspicion
(Source: Blytheville Fire Dept.)
(Source: Blytheville Fire Dept.)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The cause of a warehouse fire is under investigation in Blytheville.

According to the Blytheville Fire Department, crews were called out to Federal Compress & Warehouse, 420 Elm St., Thursday night around 7:48 p.m.

No injuries were reported in the blaze and the cotton warehouse was empty, according to the fire department.

Fire Chief Mike Carney tells Region 8 News the fire is still under investigation, but does raise some suspicion.

"There were no utilities to the structure," Carney said. "Just from what I'm hearing now to this point, I cannot think of any reason why it would have started you know under a normal manner. So right now we are looking at it as suspicious but it is technically undetermined."

Personnel from Federal Compress did make their way to the scene from Mississippi to assess the damage. Carney said the company will clean up the debris from the fire but first have to wait until it is safe. Crews with the fire department were sent out all day Friday to make sure the rest of the fire was where they wanted it.

Carney said cleanup may not be possible until Saturday or Sunday. Officials from Federal Compress told Carney the warehouse was scheduled to be demolished in about a month.

Another fire was reported at the same company in May.

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