Cullman's fire marshal said Monday the investigation into a Saturday morning fire which destroyed one of the city's historic homes will likely "be a slow process."

Dennis Murray was on the scene of the fire at 109 Third Street SE, an area also known as the Betz Addition, early Monday with camera in hand.

"This is just the early stages of the investigation. Today I'm taking photographs and inspecting the outer perimeter of the residence and following fire patterns," Murray said. "The real investigation will begin when we're able to probe around in the interior of the home, which is unsafe at this time because of the instability of walls which remain standing, but only barely."

Those walls, Murray said, will have to be removed before fire investigators can roam inside the remains of the home, which was built in 1917 by Judge S.K. Griffin.

"The floor is completely gone in some areas and it's uncertain how sound the rest of the structure is," Murray said. "It's likely going to be a slow, tedious process."

Murray did say there is no reason to suspect that the fire is "suspicious."

"We don't expect arson," Murray said. "The fact is we really don't have an idea how the fire started, but we hope to get those answers in time."

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