AL Fire Marshal: Carter Brothers Fire Was Arson

HAMILTON CROSSROADS, Ala. (AP) - The state fire marshal says arson is the cause of the huge fire that destroyed the Carter Brothers Manufacturing plant in Pike County, with the loss estimated at $16 million or more.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk said the investigation is continuing to determine the person or persons responsible for setting the fire, which destroyed a 160,000-square-foot warehouse.

Steve Holmes, a spokesman for the fire marshal, said there were no further developments Tuesday.

The Carter Brothers plant at Hamilton Crossroads manufactures go-carts and off-road buggies. Nineteen fire and police departments in the region responded to the July 12 blaze.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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