The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting with the investigation into what caused the fire that destroyed a Lakewood furniture plant Tuesday morning.
Federal assistance does not necessarily mean the blaze was suspicious, West Pierce Fire & Rescue spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy said.
The fire started at 6:10 a.m. at Grandwood Furniture, 7505 52nd Ave. W, and quickly grew to a three-alarm blaze. The building was a total loss.
McCurdy said they asked ATF’s National Response Team to assist in the investigation because the agents have more resources and experts related to significant fire events.
The team is available upon request. It is comprised of certified explosives specialists, fire investigators, forenseic mappers, accelerate detection dogs, electrical engineers, forensic chemists, explosives enforcement officers and fire protection engineers.