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Cause of warehouse fire undetermined

Posted October 9, 2008 4:32 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2008 5:02 p.m. EDT

— Investigators with the Raleigh Fire Department and several insurance companies have been unable to pinpoint the cause of a fire that ripped through a warehouse last month, authorities said Thursday.

Authorities said they believe that the massive blaze inside Hunter and Co. Painterswork, at 1022 Hammell Drive, might have started near the living quarters of two workers on the second floor of the building.

Because of the fire damage and the potential for the building to collapse, the cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, authorities said. Electrical fire causes couldn't be eliminated, they said.

The warehouse was built in the 1950s, so it was not required to have sprinklers. There were no smoke detectors in the building, which housed several businesses, including a few woodworking shops.