We showed you the intense smoke and flames as breaking news last night at ten and 11. There was good and bad news in the rubble. I found out one major thing can be saved. But most of the damage means the business will have to rebuild. Those details in our top story. [C10]20170110 HOOPES FIRE 27-PK A few small fires….were still burning today at Hoopes Fertilizer. The State fire marshal and others were looking thru the rubble today — but they’ll only determine whether the cause was arson, accidental or undetermined. 42:41 :12 Aaron A FIRE CREATES A DISTINCTIVE PATTERN FROM WHERE IT STARTS TO WHERE IT GROWS FROM THERE. SO WE LOOK AT PATTERNS IN THE STRUCTURE, IN THE WOOD, AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT CAN POINT US BACK TO THE EXACT CAUSE. AND WITH THIS BUILDING BEING WOOOD FRAME IT MAKES IT DIFFICULT. 46:34 :12 Dave THE CRANE’S BEING USED TO ACCESS A PART OF THE BUILDING WHERE THEY BELIEVE THE FIRE STARTED, THE MAIN PACKAGING AREA FOR THE ROCK SALT. THEY WANT SOME BETTER EVIDENCE, SOME FORENSIC EVIDENCE TO EXACTLY PINPOINT HOW IT STARTED. There were 3-thousand tons of rock salt inside the building. Hoopes makes 50- pound bags thru the winter and in February stars stocking granular fertilizer. 42:29 :09 FOR FIREFIGHTING PURPOSES, THE ROCK SALT IS THE EASIER PART TO HANDLE VERSUS THE SPRING TIME WHEN THEY WOULD BE HANDLING FERTILIZER. Burning fertilizer could let off ammonia. The other possible danger was a rail line running right behind Hoopes — as the fire was burning. 43:11 :08 WITHOUT KNOWING THE COLLAPSE ZONE, THE OUTSIDE WALL HOW CLOSE THE TRAIN TRACKS WERE ORIGINALLY, AND WE DON’T WANT THAT TO CATCH A TRAIN GOING BY ON FIRE. The structure is burned out and covered in black. But on the ground you see blue. That’s food coloring which was added to the rock salt. Even though the building may be a loss, the rock salt can be saved — once the debris is torn down. 43:28 :05 IT’S HEARTBREAKING, OBVIOUSLY IT’S A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT SUFFERED A LOSS. TO THE COMMUNITY, IT’S A CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY. another Hoopes facility in Alliance. I talked with four members of the Hoopes family today. They were all extremely nice and understood why I was interested in covering the fire and its impact on the community…but didn’t want to talk on camera. For now, the workers will be able to shift to another Hoopes facility in Alliance.