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Nothing Suspicious in Carbon Hill High School Fire

Cause Appears to be Electrical

Contact: John S. Robison, State Fire Marshal

334-241-4166

7/1/2002

Investigators working the Carbon Hill High School fire say they find nothing suspicious following an examination of the scene and having interviewed dozens of people, however additional interviews will be conducted before the investigation is concluded.

The fire was discovered and reported to the Carbon Hill Police Department at 9:04 Thursday night June 27th. Units from the Carbon Hill Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene, along with twelve area fire departments requested to provide mutual aid.

The fire destroyed the main school building and gymnasium which were built in 1936. Investigators from the Walker County Sheriff's Office, Carbon Hill Fire Department, ATF and Alabama State Fire Marshals Office concluded the fire originated in the teachers lounge in the southwest corner of the structure. Examination of the electrical system in this area revealed significant damage, with several extension cords and other electrical conductors being present. Although the fire appears to be electrical, the specific cause has not been determined and may never be.