OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Searching for clues in the burned rubble of The Shed is not an easy job. Even while investigators combed through the debris, hot spots continued to flare up. The damage is hard to believe.
Tons of twisted metal and charred embers have to be examined, so a quick answer is not expected.
"Right now, it's just too was early to tell," Jackson County Fire Investigator Justin Bouler said. "There's so much debris. Between all the roofs and the additions through the years, it's just a lot of stuff."
Despite the mess, there are logical starting points.
"They will look for stuff, like you said, cooking, anything like that. Electrical will be another point into this," said Chief Mike Belton with the Fontainebleau Fire Department. "But right now, it's just a matter of getting the open area to start from. We've got to have a point A."
The Shed's co-owners will play an integral role in the investigation. Officials watched with keen interest some of the cell phone video and pictures snapped by Brad Orrison as he watched his business burn.
"I was one of the first people here," Orrison said. "And I guess that's important in the investigation, to talk to everybody that was here, the people that were here that night."
Searching for the clues that will ultimately reveal the cause of this fire is a painstaking process. It can take days and lots of training, according to Bouler.
"A lot of us have been through the state fire academy and the International Association of Arson Investigators. It's a continuing training process every year."
A lot of charred debris from the Shed will be sent to the state crime lab for analysis in the hopes of coming up with a final determination about the cause of the fire. But it's a process that could take days, or even weeks.
In addition, the Orrisons had insurance. And in situations like this, the insurance company will also send in a team to investigate.