Update: "Crazy Sexy Cool" Business Fire Considered Suspicious
Update: 4:21 p.m.Bedford Co., VA - The store"Crazy Sexy Cool" in Bedford County caught fire Thursday night.Investigators now say this is a jointinvestigation and they are classifying this fire as suspicious.The fire marshal brought in thesheriff's office and investigators from both agencies.Those investigators won't tell us whythey think this fire is suspicious.There is a very visible racial slurspray painted just inside the door to the business, but they won't speculate atthis point whether that slur has anything to do with the fire or tell us if there were signs of forced entry.Investigators have spoken to the building'sowner and the owner of the shoe store."She was very cooperative under the circumstances," said JeffPauley, the Deputy Fire Marshal. She was certainly upset that her business gotburned up. We had a brief, but goodconversation."We have attempted to contact theowner, but have so far received no response.The fire was contained to the last twounits, which were both occupied by the shoe store.The next unit over is unoccupied, buthad some smoke damage.
The damage estimate is currentlybetween $150,000 and $200,000.
Update: 10:30 a.m.:
The Bedford County Sheriff's Office and Bedford County Fire Marshal are calling the fire at Crazy Sexy Cool suspicious. They are still looking into what caused the fire. There is no word on how much damage the fire caused.
------------------------------Forest, VA - The business fire along Route 221 in Forest is out.
Fire crews on the scene have just told us the fire was contained in the store Crazy Sexy Cool.
According to the Forest Fire Department there were no fatalities.
The fire is still under investigation. We'll bring you updates as soon as we get them.