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Investigators: Peacock Alley fire was not arson

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY (WRCB) – Fire investigators have determined the fire that destroyed Peacock Alley was not arson.

Investigators say the blaze was "non-incendiary in nature and started in a space above the ceiling and below the roof near the right wall and towards the rear of the structure.  Investigators were unable to determine the exact cause of the fire, but the "non-incendiary" declaration means that the fire was not intentionally set."

Investigators from the Dalton Fire Department led a group of fire investigators and insurance adjustors through the structure for "the dig" on Friday. 

The physical examination of the structure meant actually digging in to the remains of the building to fully examine the scene, which is known as "destructive investigation" because parts of the upper layers of debris have to be destroyed or removed in order to reach the material and evidence below.  Because evidence can be destroyed during the dig, representatives from all involved insurance companies or interested parties were brought together to participate in the investigation giving all involved parties a chance to view all evidence.  All investigators agreed upon the non-incendiary designation and where the fire originated.

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