Authorities begin investigation into old DuPont Plant fire

Dupont fire investigation

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office began looking into what caused the fire at the old DuPont Plant. The building isn't safe to search through because of the hot spots that are still burning and the debris that's still on the ground.

"I've been in and out of it the last two weeks; I have been coming twice a day since we have contained the fire," said Fire Chief John Delung.

Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung has been checking on the hot spots that continue to burn at what's left of the old DuPont plant. They kept investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office from looking at parts of the building.

"Right now, you still have a lot of metal on top of much of it and that why we still have hot spots," said Delung.

"All the fire right now is up under the metal decking, and we just don't have the heavy equipment to move the heavy decking to get to those hot spots," added Delung.

Chief Delung says early next week he expects crews to begin removing the debris that's keeping those hot spots alive. At that time, Fire crews will come and put out those embers, so that a thorough investigation can begin.

Delung and an Arson Investigator from the Florence County Sheriff's Office walked through the parts of the plant they could, snapping pictures and recounting the series of events that took place two and half weeks ago. Although investigators say it's not clear what started the fire, they do have an idea of where inside the building it began.

"When we first got here it started approximately about 20 to 40 feet inside of the building," said Delung.

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