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TBI was investigating Halls warehouse at time of fire

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While firefighters continue to grapple with the smoldering hull of the Halls tupperware plant, we've learned the TBI has had an ongoing criminal investigation of the facility for some time.

Jennifer Johnson, spokesperson for the TBI, says around a month ago, the TBI executed a search warrant at the warehouse.  Johnson says they were investigating allegations that Oreck vacuums were supposed to be destroyed there, but were not.

Johnson says the TBI is investigating allegations, not a specific person and she wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the probe.  The warehouse had been used recently to recycle plastics.

Johnson says there have been no arrests and that the weekend fire is not expected to have any impact on the TBI investigation.

She says the TBI has nothing specific to link the fire and investigation together.

We'll have much more on this story tonight on Action News 5 at 10.


Lauderdale County firefighters spent much of Saturday night and Sunday morning on the scene of a massive fire. The fire effectively swallowed the old Tupperware warehouse off Highway 51 and continued to burn through the weekend.

Firefighters expect the building will continue to smolder for days and they anticipate environmental testing to determine the impact of the blaze.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department says that no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

Witnesses report seeing multiple explosions and flames shooting 150 feet in the air. 

The Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce website lists the building as 493,000 square feet. 

Lisa Hankins with the Chamber tells Action News 5 there are no businesses currently working out of the Tupperware building. Tupperware owns the building and leases storage space to UIS Polymers, which recycles plastics. There were no people and no chemicals inside the building.

Hankins also says it is currently up for sale.

Stay tuned to WMCTV.com for the latest on this developing story.

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