The American Furniture fire earlier this year may not have been an accident after all

After the flames were put out from the American Furniture manufacturing building late last night, the question of what caused this eruption lingers.

Posted: Oct. 14, 2018 8:02 PM
Updated: Oct. 14, 2018 8:02 PM

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right now at five, we learn more about a plant officials continue to investigate plus, the investigation into after a murder in columbus continues.. those stories and more coming up on this weekend edition of wtva 9news at five... thanks for being with us... good evening, i'm rebecca butcher more on a plant fire we reported yesterday.. the american furniture manufacturing plant in pontotoc...erupted in flames. this same plant actually went up in flames in january of last year.... a total of 20 fire departments responded and 90 firemen worked for 6 hours to contain the flames... and temporarily left hundreds of workers without a job.. after the flames were put out from the american furniture manufacturing building late last night the question of what caused this eruption lingers... wtva's gracyn ashmore talked with company's chief financial officer todd campbell earlier today... gracyn what can you tell us? thanks rebecca, the first january 2017 fire was ruled accidental following the investigation... but now the company believes that may not of been the case... responders and community as the investigation begins for the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives, the january fire of last year, which was ruled accidental, may have had motive behind it... the state fire marshal determined that fire to be unintentional human intervention, meaning that someone did not mean to start it... the investigation for this fire is underway and should take at least a week, and community members wonder what the plan is for workers... the plan is to have the majority of employees return to the plant on thursday, oxford warehouse and pontotoc walmart employees will return toworktomorrow, while the remainder workers will have to wait until further notice as to when they can return... although campbell assures us that their number one priority is to get paychecks into each employees pockets... the recovering of the office building files and the replacement of over 15,000 pieces of furniture is the next step for the company... while fire preventative measures will be assessed with the rebuilding of the facilty... campell says american furniture is focusing on this investigation saying "we are very happy to be working with the atf to identify the cause of this fire. they have many agents from around the united states on this site working on identifying the cause of the fire." he also sends his sincerest thank you to the responders and community. during the investigation the facilities are blocked off, treating it as an active crime scene for the time being... employees and the public are asked to restrain from visitng the property today... reporting in pontotoc county, gracyn ashmore, wtva 9 news... columbus police are
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