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Florence Warehouse Fire Deemed Arson

Plumbing Supply Business Loses All Inventory

Contact: Ragan Ingram



A Sunday warehouse fire in Florence that caused more than $1 million in damage has been classified as an arson, State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said today.

"The evidence collected at the scene clearly points to arson," Paulk said. "We have set up a task force of federal, state and local officials to investigate this fire."

The warehouse, located on Forrest Avenue, was home to Southern Pipe and Supply, a plumbing supply operation. The building was built in the early 1960s and previously served as a soft drink bottling plant.

The fire was reported at 4:21 p.m. The building and contents were a total loss.