Gerald Fire Called 'Highly Suspicious'KLPW
by dfox on Fri
A March 10 fire that destroyed the Classical Metal Works custom auto body shop in Gerald was ruled "highly suspicious" this week by Franklin County Fire and Arson Investigator Jim Schumacher. Schumacher confirmed to KLPW the case is now a criminal investigation, although he did not say if authorities had any suspects.
Schumacher and the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms began their investigation after the fire destroyed the shop near the corner of Sixth and Main Streets. Up until this point Schumacher had been mostly tight-lipped about the investigation, only saying the fire appeared to have started in the front of the building.
Insurance Crime Bureau Joining Gerald Fire Investigation03/17/2011
Franklin County's Fire and Arson Investigator and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms will be joined Friday by the National Insurance Crime Bureau as they continue to look into a fire that destroyed a Gerald auto body shop.
Franklin County Investigator Jim Schumacher said the Crime Bureau would be in town Friday to check the VIN's of 16 vehicles pulled from the wreckage of Classical Metal Works near the corner of Sixth and Main Streets Wednesday. Schumacher said the bureau would be investigating any possible suspicious behavior regarding the vehicles.
A fire of undetermined origin destroyed the building Thursday, Mar. 10. Schumacher said he was not yet able to pinpoint a cause, but said the fire started in the front eastern end of the shop.
KMOV) -- Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire at Classic Metal Works, an automotive restoration company, in Gerald, Missouri.
The fire broke out around 9:00 p.m. on Thursday and burned for hours.
Gerald police say the fire is considered suspicious. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Franklin County Bomb and Arson and the Franklin County prosecutor's office are investigating.
Crews say the building was a total loss, along with at least 20 vintage cars that were inside.
No injuries were reported.
A fire that destroyed a custom auto body shop in Gerald Thursday night remained under investigation Friday, but authorities would not say if the cause appeared suspicious. Gerald-Rosebud Fire Chief Gary Smith confirmed the fire at the corner of Sixth and Main Streets was being investigated, but did not elaborate.
According to Smith, the fire was reported shortly after 9:00 p.m. Thursday, and at one point had firefighters from nine local departments on the scene. Some firefighters remained on Friday morning to put out hot spots, Smith said.
No one was injured in the blaze.
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