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Investigators: Cause of fire that killed one employee and destroyed QVC distribution center could not be determined

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Firefighters work on cleanup after a fire ripped through a distribution center for the QVC home-shopping television network in Rocky Mount, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. More than 300 employees were working at the facility when the fire was reported shortly after 2a.m. No injuries were immediately reported.

Federal investigators could not pinpoint the cause of the fire last year that destroyed the QVC distribution center in Rocky Mount but say it doesn’t appear to have been intentionally set.

Fire crews from six counties responded to the fire, which killed employee Kevon Ricks.

It has now been declared the largest structure fire in the state’s history.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and other agencies, have been investigating for nearly a year, trying to determine if the cause was accidental, natural, or intentionally set.

They said there was no evidence that the cause of this fire was a result of criminal activity.

QVC did not rebuild the facility, which led to the loss of about 2,000 jobs in the area.