Investigation of the Jan. 7 fire that destroyed the building used by Wilson’s Paint and Body Shop, 1515 South Second St. is ongoing, Capt. Duane Bosworth, fire department public information officer, said Monday. Initial damage estimate is about $270,000 for the building and contents.
According to the fire department report, a passer-by reported the fire at about 9:25 p.m.; the first firetruck arrived on scene about three minutes later.
The roof had already partially collapsed by time firefighters arrived and because the building was evacuated, there was no attempt to enter; fire control efforts were made from outside the building.
According to the narrative by Fire Chief Phillip Robinson, a second alarm was raised and a request made for mutual aid from Jacksonville Fire Department, which dispatched a pump truck, four-man crew, battalion chief and safety officer.
Eight Cabot fire units were dispatched, including three engines, a tanker, brush truck and other support vehicles.
The report notes that firefighting efforts were hampered by the heavy wood beams of the structure, and the flammable materials used in the business. Despite efforts to stop the fire, any sections of the building that were not destroyed were heavily damaged.
While it is thought the fire began in the compressor room, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, “With no purposeful intent indicated at this time.” Initial attention to two heaters that were being used at the time showed that both were relatively undamaged with undamaged power cords.