The rain came too late to put a damper on another situation Saturday: Some people crossed the fire line and tried to pick up bricks or other souvenirs from the old mill.
“A lot of people apparently had family that worked there,” said Tallon, adding that Douglasville police were patrolling the site Sunday. “That scared us, because it was still an active fire scene. We had to get that message out.”
The dilapidated building has so many layers of flooring and sub-flooring that investigators won’t go in until it’s certain nothing’s smoldering far down, Tallon said. It could be tomorrow, Tuesday or even Wednesday before it’s safe enough for experts to fully examine the site of the “suspicious” blaze.
“That [term] means it’s not caused by an act of God, no thunder or lightning,” Tallon explained. “It could be an accident -- something as simple as a tossed cigarette, a homeless person building a fire, or it could be arson. So the term we’re using is ‘suspicious.’”