Investigators unable to determine cause of Byron fire

bpurser@macon.comJune 21, 2013 

BYRON -- Investigators for the city’s fire department and state fire marshal have been unable to determine the cause of the May 2 fire at Southern Perfection Fabrication, a news release states.

“It is possible that paint filters may have spontaneously combusted,” Byron Fire Chief J.D. Mosby speculated in the release issued Friday.

The 7 p.m. fire caused an estimated $1.5 million in loss. The building was totaled by the insurance company, with demolition operations underway, the release stated.

The building housed administrative offices, a welding section and a paint booth, Dan Varga, public information officer for Byron fire, previously stated. Paint and paint thinners were housed inside the building.

The fire resulted in the precautionary evacuation of a nearby subdivision and minor injuries to three firefighters.

Located at 232 Ga. 49, the more than 30-year-old company does custom metal fabrications.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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