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Ongoing fire investigation ruled undetermined

(Source: Todd Tumminia, Heartland News Reporter) (Source: Todd Tumminia, Heartland News Reporter)
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

The cause of a fire at a paper and recycling business in Jackson was ruled "undetermined."

The on-scene investigation into the cause of a fire at a paper and recycling business was completed Tuesday.

Missouri Plastics building, located on Highway Y in Jackson, caught fire Oct. 3.

After five days of scene examination and interviews, the National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Missouri Division of Fire Safety’s Office of the State Fire Marshal have ruled the cause of the fire to be “undetermined.”

A finding of “undetermined” does not mean that a investigation is closed.

If information develops that indicates that there should be a further investigation, this finding can be changed.

The factors resulting in the finding of undetermined are not being released due to the ongoing investigation.

Cape Girardeau County East District Fire Chief Dwayne Kirchhoff said the fire started on the east end of the building.

He said no one was in the building at the time and the cause of the fire is unknown.

According to Kirchhoff, crews are not a stranger to fighting a fire at this building. The last time they fought a fire there, it smoldered for about a week. Knowing that, they immediately called out 10 tankers to help this time.

Chief Kirchhoff said the building is a total loss and the biggest problem he expects to run into is the 25,000 plastic pellets located inside.

The damage is currently estimated at $7 million.

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