Pullman Hall fire investigation begins, but what caused the blaze that destroyed a century-old building?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – Investigators are still working to determine what happened to cause a massive blaze that destroyed Pullman Hall on Walton Way Tuesday night.

It’ll likely take some time to discover what happened due to the heavy destruction – there’s just not much left of the distribution center.

We’ve since learned from the owners of the building that they’re already looking for a new location.

The blaze covered large portions of downtown Augusta with smoke.

"By that smoke, I thought the whole neighborhood was on fire, the way I seen it, really,” said one resident.

Even now, the hot spots won’t give up thanks to the wood throughout the century-old building. The age of the building, the tin roof on it, the size of it, these are all factors prolonging the fire investigation. It's also delaying business for TakoSushi -- right down to its food deliveries.

One delivery man who was making a stop at the building. He had to turn around and go all the way back to Atlanta.

TakoSushi, meanwhile, says they’re at a total loss. They housed equipment, food, and their main kitchen there.

After nearly 12 hours of dumping water and containing the smoke, it's now about cleaning the mess. Before fire investigators can even study the scene, they've got to clean it.

The damage could be measured by money and time, but instead the community is measures it as a loss to Augusta.

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