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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is investigating a Jan. 6 fire at a Lippert Components’ paint facility in Goshen, Ind., according to a report in the Elkhart Truth.
An ATF investigation is standard procedure when the fire destroys a commercial facility and the amount of damages exceeds a certain dollar figure, said Vera Fedorak, public information officer for the Detroit Field Division of the ATF.
The Truth reported that Steve Chupp, chief of the Elkhart Township Fire Department, said the origin of the fire is known but declined to provide further details, saying the investigation is still open.
Lippert Components also is doing its own internal investigation, said Scott Mereness, executive vice president and chief operating officer for the RV frame supplier.
“Our investigation is still ongoing,” Mereness said. “We just don’t know what happened.”
The fire destroyed an external paint booth at Lippert’s complex in Goshen, causing nearly $750,000 in damages. Following the fire, the company moved its painting operations to a facility in nearby Middlebury.