The big thaw: Ice complicates ongoing Franklin fire investigation

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Investigators are starting to pick through ice and rubble to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Franklin business building but won’t have any answers until today at the earliest.

Franklin Fire Department started an investigation at 191 Commerce Drive on Wednesday, but the investigation could take a day or more because of the amount of ice covering the burned property, fire department spokesman Brad Epperson said. The remains are no longer smoldering, but an engine and fire crew are staying at the location to make sure no one tampers with the site, Epperson said.

“Because that was such a large facility, it’s going to take a long time. And the amount of damage was so extensive that they’re going to have to get in there and crawl around, and there are still hazards with the ice,” he said.

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