Investigators looking at lightning as possible cause in fire at The 122

Investigators looking into the fire at The 122 entered the destroyed restaurant Tuesday but have not yet found where the fire started or what caused the blaze, said Bainbridge Island Fire Department Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter.

Lightning is also being investigated as the cause of the fire, Carpenter said.

A rare lightning storm passed through Puget Sound on the night of the fire, July 9.

The investigation is continuing, and the fire department is being helped by investigators from the Bainbridge Island Police Department, the Suquamish Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, Carpenter said.

The origin and cause of the fire may not be determined until early next week, he added.

Earlier this week, officials said they did not want investigators to enter the remains of The 122 because of the fear of the ceiling collapsing or walls falling. Investigators have since found safe places to enter the building.


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