Investigators pinpoint fire’s area of origin at west side warehouse

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Indianapolis Fire Department announced Friday that investigators have completed processing the site where a large warehouse caught fire last weekend.

After several days of sifting through debris and removing barriers of collapsed material, investigators were able to pinpoint the area of origin, but that location was not released. The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

Officials said 60 percent of the warehouse at 220 S. Belmont Ave. was destroyed in last Saturday’s fire. Damage is estimated at more than $10 million.

The property is expected to be turned over to the Department of Code Enforcement later this week.

Friday, the Marion County Public Health Department released the results of air samples collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The samples collected were tested for chemicals and asbestos over a period of several hours.

Test results indicated no presence of asbestos fibers in the air, which EPA officials announced Wednesday. However, results did show low levels of the metals lead and zinc, as well as the polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons naphthalene and phenanthrene.

EPA officials did detect higher levels of the aromatic chemical benzene at a site near the fire. However, testing conducted at a nearby neighborhood indicated there was nothing but particulate matter, also known as particle pollution.