Heavy equipment in use in Forest River fire investigation

Investigators took heavy equipment into use on Tuesday at the Forest River plant at 411 C.R. 15 that burned on March 12.

ELKHART — The investigation into the cause of a massive fire at a Forest River plant at 411 C.R. 15 continued Tuesday, when heavy equipment was taken into use. 

The Elkhart Fire Department said the heavy equipment, including an excavator and a crane, is removing debris and will most likely be involved in the work for several days.

Investigators have yet to determine a cause for the fire and appeared to be working cautiously Tuesday.

Aaron Gerber, division chief of fire prevention with the Elkhart Fire Department, said in a release Monday that the department will not release any additional information until the conclusion of the investigation. 

Detective Scott Johnson with the Elkhart Police Department became involved with the investigation after the cause of the March 12 fire was not found within three days, according to Elkhart Police.

Johnson is trained in investigating arson, which police said could not be ruled out at that time.

“We do know there were layoffs that day. I’d say about 15 to 20,” Johnson told ABC57 News. “Just because somebody’s laid off doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the ones that started the fire. It could be anybody, so anything is open.”

Forest River did not immediately respond to a voice message. 

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