The investigation into the Jan. 3 fire that destroyed the Brislan Building on Broad Street is complete, and no evidence was found to suggest arson was the cause of the blaze.
In the days following the fire, Augusta Fire Department investigators sent off several pieces of evidence to be tested for arson, which was listed as a possible cause in a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report on Jan. 7.
But the results came back early this week and the case was closed Thursday after investigators found “nothing substantial,” spokeswoman Dee Griffin said.
The findings clear the way for crews to demolish the building at 1162 Broad St. Thomson Building and Wrecking Co. will handle the work, which is scheduled to begin Monday. Demolition is expected to take about 45 weekdays.