Top Stories

Top Stories

 
text size

Asheville Warehouse Fire Investigation

Updated: Tuesday, April 2 2013, 08:00 PM EDT

Crews put out flames in an abandoned warehouse on the 18th anniversary of one of Asheville's worst fires. Arson investigators say the fire is suspicious.


Firefighters rolled up to the abandoned brick building after it was reported around 4:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. Since the building was in such bad shape, firefighters fought the blaze from the outside and used their ladder trucks to determine no one was trapped inside. 


The warehouse was part of the Asheville Cotton Mill. The building burned April 2, 1995. Five buildings across two city blocks went up in flames that day. The city fire marshal says that kind of anniversary does not go unnoticed and will be part of the investigation. Authorities are also checking out whether vagrants might have started the fire trying to stay warm Monday night.


Riverlink owns the property, and recently put a chain-link fence around it to keep people out. Investigators say the fence appeared to be secure with no gaps for people to get in. Power had been disconnected to the building for some time.


Riverlink had planned to demolish the abandoned building to clear the way for mixed-use development on the property.


By Sherrill Barber
Follow Sherrill on Twitter @SherrillBarber


Related Links:


Warehouse Fire



 

Asheville Warehouse Fire Investigation


Advertise with us!
 
Advertise with us!