Broad Street fire investigation complete, no arson as cause

Friday, Aug 8, 2014 10:59 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 9, 2014 12:33 AM
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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.

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jimmymac
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jimmymac 08/09/14 - 10:27 am
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We ate lunch Friday at Farmhaus and I hope the demolition doesn't impact their business. What a gem sitting on Broad with the line going out the door. Do yourself a favor and go about 11:30 to eat on a Friday because by 12:00 it's packed. The handmade sweet potato tots are the bomb.

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triscuit 08/09/14 - 02:56 pm
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So, no arson? No faulty

So, no arson? No faulty electrical, gas? A building just spontaneously combusts?

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Butterman 08/09/14 - 04:37 pm
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Fishay Fishay
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Isn't the owner of The Brislan Building the same person who was arrested for DUI in Columbia County and then tried to offer a $40,000 bribe to the arresting officer so he would stay out of The Jail Report? I also seem to remember that the fire department seemed pretty confident that the fire was deliberately set by someone. My how things change so quickly. By the way.. what ever happened to that attempted bribery of a law enforcement officer charge?? That just seemed to fall off the radar.

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Pops 08/09/14 - 05:49 pm
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“nothing substantial,”

What does that really mean????

badmoon426
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badmoon426 08/09/14 - 07:19 pm
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So What Did...

...cause the fire?

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