According to State Police, a surveillance system in place on the property shows the fire began in a storage room located off the kitchen area after closing the evening of February 23rd.
Officials say the fire smoldered for several hours before erupting into flames and spread through the building for 45 minutes before breaching the roof and producing a 911 call in the early hours of February 24th.
Interviews with employees revealed the materials in the storage room were prone to spontaneous combustion. State Police say video evidence shows there was "no direct or intentional human involvement in creating the fire."
The building was not equipped with a fire alarm or sprinkler system. Damage was estimated at over $2.5 million.
DuBois City Fire Department, Clearfield County Emergency Management Agency, an ignitable liquid detection K-9 from the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office, Nationwide Insurance Company, Bloom Electric and numerous owners and employees of the facility assisted State Police and ATF in the investigation.
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