Firefighters were expected to spend all day Tuesday and possibly Wednesday continuing to pour water on the smoldering ruins of a large industrial complex that burned Monday afternoon and evening.
The blaze, which started about 2:30 p.m. Monday in a series of buildings called River City just south of the Tecumseh Street bridge, wasn't brought under control until nearly 8:30 p.m.
The fire virtually leveled all the buildings involved.
Fire officials said technically there were only two buildings involved, but they branched out into a large industrial complex. Much of the space was used for storage, but 12 to 14 businesses, including lawn care and auto repair businesses, also rented space in the complex.
Demolition crews started removing some of the piles of twisted metal as soon as Monday night, while fire crews continued to spray the area with water. Work was progressing toward the spot where the fire was believed to have started, so work would slow down as investigators combed through the ruins.
Deputy Fire Chief Mark Nelson said it could be possible to find a cause of the fire even though the amount of debris left behind was massive.
For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Wednesday.