The Elkhart Police Department has joined an investigation to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a Forest River Inc. manufacturing plant.

As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the fire at Forest River Plant 5 was not necessarily the consequence of a criminal act, public information officer Lt. Travis Snider said Monday (March 18).

But since the fire marshal was unable to determine the cause of the March 12 fire by March 15, Detective Scott Johnson, who is trained in investigating arson, has been called to assist in the investigation 

Snider said arson cannot be ruled out as a cause of the fire.

The Elkhart Fire Department said that in addition to Elkhart Police, investigators are working with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office and private fire investigators hired by the insurance company.

The fire department also said that, starting next week, heavy equipment will be used to remove debris from the building caused by the roof collapsing. 

Only five or six employees were in the plant when the fire broke out, officials said. No injuries were reported, but the building was destroyed.  

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