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Investigation into cause of Dalton fire begins Tuesday

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB)  --  Fire crews remained on the scene of a structure fire in downtown Dalton Sunday night and into Monday morning as they continued to battle hot spots.

"With the wind and everything, those continue to pop up and we're just trying to keep those to a minimum," says Dalton Fire Chief Bruce Satterfield.

With the threat of rain in the forecast, Satterfield says they allowed business owners to go back and salvage what they could Monday.

"We're looking at probably anywhere from 8 to 10 businesses," Satterfield says.  

Investigators say a firewall between the Peacock Cafe and the rest of the retail shops helped contain the blaze from overtaking the entire building. 

However, being an older, historic building, Peacock Alley did not have a sprinkler system.

"Once it penetrated into those interstitial spaces, we have a hard time pulling those ceilings down and actually getting water to where the water needs to be." says Satterfield. 

Fire officials still don't know what caused the blaze but they do believe it started somewhere in the south side of the building before it spread to the rest of the structure.

At this time, investigators do not know whether the building qualifies for state funding.

Fire crews spent the majority of Monday coordinating how many insurance investigators will be on sight Tuesday, when the main investigation of the cause will begin.

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