Lightning Ruled Out as Cause of Martinsville Fire

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Investigators have ruled out lightning as a possible cause of a fire that caused more than half a million dollars damage to a former furniture plant in Martinsville. Martinsville fire marshal Ted Anderson says all other possible causes are still on the table. Anderson tells The Martinsville Bulletin ( ) that the March 3 fire at the former American of Martinsville plant caused an estimated $516,800 worth of damage. Anderson says metal and bricks recovered from the site will be recycled. The property's owner, Robin Hiatt of Stuart, declined to comment. Information from: Martinsville Bulletin, Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.