Shaffer fire ruled accident
Decatur Assistant Fire Chief Jim Hitchcock said Friday that an investigation into Tuesday's fire at Shaffer Investment Auto has determined that the cause was accidental.
Hitchcock, chief investigator for the local department, said the state fire marshal's office participated in what Hitchcock said was a "thorough investigation."
The building and at least one vehicle on the firm's N. 13th St. lot were destroyed. The fire had such a head start before firefighters arrived that Shifferly Dodge Chrysler Jeep across the street was threatened for a time by flying embers.
Further details in Saturday's print and e-editions.