Investigators rule Gap warehouse fire in Fishkill intentional

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Gap warehouse arson according to investigators
Lucy Yang reports from Fishkill.

FISHKILL, New York (WABC) -- There are blockbuster new details in the fire at a huge Gap distribution center.

Whoever set this Gap warehouse on fire did it intentionally, according to federal and state investigators.

Late Monday night last week, someone torched the huge Gap distribution center in Fishkill, New York.

Eyewitness News is told a million square feet of clothes and merchandise went up in flames, causing millions more in damages and losses.

Thankfully only 100 workers were inside at the time and all escaped safely, according to officials.

This is the main hub for Gap stores in the Northeast and employs hundreds of local workers, even more during the holiday season.

In response to the new development, GAP issued this statement: "We remain focused on the work ahead to restore operations at the Fishkill campus and supporting our employees."

Gap was in the process of expanding and improving this site and adding more workers. Then this happened.

"It's really sad news to see so many people lost their livelihood and I do hope that they come back on their feet real soon," a resident said.

Now that investigators have determined the fire was deliberately set, the next critical question is, who was the arsonist?