The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the early March Blue Springs fire on Main Street was intentionally set.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the early March Blue Springs fire on Main Street was intentionally set.

Ryan Zornes, a special investigator and certified fire investigator, confirmed the information Monday, but he could not elaborate further on the matter.

“We’ve determined it was intentionally set, but beyond that I can’t comment on it,” Zornes said. “We’re continuing our investigation.”

Members of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the ATF and Blue Springs police investigated the incident.

A spokesperson for CJC said fire investigators were told by the business owner on the morning of the fire that computer equipment – seven computer towers, three monitors and a server, valued at about $15,000 – had been removed from the building sometime over the weekend, a report later confirmed by a police report, which listed the business as Metro Construction Management, 901 W. Main St.

A spokesperson for police confirmed in mid-March that the department had partnered with the Sugar Creek police regarding the incident. Two male subjects may have been questioned about the thefts.

Contacted Monday, Virginia DeBoard, a detective for Sugar Creek police, forwarded any information about the thefts to Blue Springs police. She said Sugar Creek’s involvement in the investigation was completed.

Blue Springs police spokespersons could not be reached Monday evening.

A resident living behind City Hall saw flames around 3 a.m. Fire crews arrived at the building, which is two buildings east of Blue Springs City Hall, to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the basement.

Fire officials said the lower level of the building suffered significant damage, while the rest of the building suffered some smoke and water damage.

No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported.

Five businesses are in the building, including an office for rehabilitation and addiction services and a photography studio.