Cause of downtown Virginia fire still unknown
The investigation determined the fire began on the second floor of the building but the cause is still undetermined.
After an extensive investigation by multiple agencies, the cause of a large fire in downtown Virginia on Friday is still undetermined, the Virginia Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release Thursday.
Fire investigators from Virginia fire and police departments, Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, as well as private investigators, concluded their investigation at 316 Chestnut St.
The investigation determined the fire began on the second floor of the building, but the cause is still undetermined.
According to the news release, investigators interviewed witnesses, building owners and occupants. Video surveillance was also reviewed and a physical examination of the scene was conducted.
The fire affected six businesses; five of them have started the cleanup process to return to operation.
Damage from smoke and water is estimated at $500,000, with an additional $500,000 in direct economic impact loss, the news release said.