The cause of a fire Sunday that consumed the Register Town Hall has been ruled, so far, undetermined, said Bulloch County fire Chief Christopher Ivey.
The point of origin was found to be in the clerk’s office area of the former one-room schoolhouse, but state Fire Marshal Alan Logue and his assistant, Lee Hoover of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, found no conclusive evidence of what caused the fire, Ivey said.
Logue and Hoover, who assisted Ivey in a training exercise over the two-day investigation Monday and Tuesday, “couldn’t rule out the cause was electrical,” but they couldn’t confirm the fire was not intentionally set, either, Ivey said Tuesday.
He said there is nothing definitive to cause him to list the blaze as suspicious, but “if anyone has any information about the fire, please call.”
Ivey may be reached at (912) 489-1661.
A caller reported the fire to Bulloch County 911 around 3:50 a.m. Sunday, telling operators it appeared it could be an electrical fire, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn.
Register Mayor Barbara Rushing said no one should have been at the Town Hall after Thursday.
The tiny building was once a one-room schoolhouse in Pooler, she said. It first was moved to Statesboro’s National Guard Armory, and in the late 1990s, it was moved again to its location in Register, on a hill where the Register school gym once stood off Cypress Lake Road.
It was totally destroyed Sunday, but most records had been moved to another location recently, Rushing said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.