Fire Department, Police and ATF investigating Springfield Shooting Center fire
SPRINGFIELD, Ill (WICS) —
The Springfield Fire Department, Springfield police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are all investigating the fire.
Springfield Fire Marshal Chris Richmond says one firefighter suffered minor injuries battling the blaze. There was heavy structural damage to the building. The reason ATF and SPD are involved is that they have to account for all of the firearms in the store.
The Springfield Shooting Center buys and sells firearms and ammo. It also serves as a shooting range.
Richmond says if it turns out firearms are missing this could be a potentially serious crime including arson.
However, investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.
Part of the building may need to be replaced because of the damage caused by the blaze.
Springfield firefighters were called to a large fire at the Springfield Shooting Center, 4885 Industrial Drive, around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Fire crews needed to cut a hole into the side of the building to contain the blaze.
The Springfield Fire Department says fire and water damage is extensive, but the building may not be a total loss. No one was hurt.
They say it's too soon to tell if the fire is suspicious.
Investigators arrived on the scene shortly before 5 a.m.