Also destroyed were five tractor-trailers -- three that were inside the building and two nearby. Luera said two classic cars inside, including a Shelby Mustang, also were obliterated.
Firefighters from about 10 responding companies also had to use caution because propane tanks, welding equipment and other potentially flammable materials were housed there. "That all started exploding," Luera said.
He said there are no initial signs that the fire's cause is suspicious, but he said the county fire marshal's office and insurance companies for the property owners aren't through with their investigations. He expected them to return to the site Monday.
"Deputy fire marshals are continuing their interviews and investigation at this time," Brown said in a statement provided Saturday evening by
Luera said the fenced property was locked when first responders arrived shortly before
An alarm company notified 911 of an alarm sounding at the building. Police officers who were the first to arrive found the building engulfed, Luera said.
Although there were initial environmental concerns about large quantities of diesel fuel leaking from the vehicles or other potential contaminants, fire officials said those fears were largely unfounded.
"The owner has not yet confirmed what all was in the structure at the time of the fire, so it is difficult to estimate how much diesel fuel was involved," Brown said. "However, most of it was certainly consumed in the fire."
Luera said once the exterior fire was extinguished, firefighters used as little water as possible to reduce the potential for contaminated runoff. He said the property owner rigged a temporary dam to keep runoff water on the property, which overlooks the
Luera said the blaze was deemed under control within about 40 minutes, but firefighters remained on scene for nearly five hours Friday night. They returned briefly Saturday morning when tires stacked near the corner of the building caught fire.
Luera said he understood the property was owned by a concrete company, the name of which he didn't know Sunday. He believed the property owner leased the building that burned to
A listed number found for
A sign on the property's fence advertises
A message left for Francis was not returned Sunday.
No one was at the site when a reporter visited Saturday and Sunday.
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