Wednesday, September 27, 2023

ABQ Fire Releases Cause (Sort of) of Toxic Plastics Fire


ABQ Fire: Just wanted to let you all know, we still don’t know

Just like that time our parents nearly busted us for nearly burning the neighborhood down, but couldn’t actually prove it all started with melting G.I. Joes, the Albuquerque seems to have a pretty good guess at what started a massive fire last month, but still can’t say for sure.

Thankfully, the Albuquerque Fire Department took the time to let residents know that the department still doesn’t know exactly what went down last month when a monstrous blaze sent black, toxic smoke into the Duke City sky.

Investigators, according to an AFD news release, found that the fire started in an “unauthorized area” of Atkore United Poly Systems on the far south side of Albuquerque. Albuquerque fire said in the news release that one hypothesis of investigators is that a discarded lit cigarette may be to blame, but that there was not enough evidence to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that an irresponsible smoke break was to blame.

AFD did confirm however that the fire likely started near a car that was parked in the “unauthorized area,” but none of the folks interviewed admitted seeing a lit cig being flicked or starting the fire that took a whole day to put out.

For now, even deeming the fire an accident seems out of the question for AFD, as there isn’t enough evidence to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that it was not lit intentionally.

So, with not enough evidence to say it was on purpose and not enough evidence to say it was an accident, Burque is left in a real Schrodinger’s fire dilemma until more information emerges



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