BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal has joined an investigation looking into a fire that destroyed a Lamborghini early Tuesday morning. The vehicle was owned by a contractor who recently backed out of a project to remove Confederate monuments in the City of New Orleans.
The St. George Fire Department, which had initially responded to the scene and launched the investigation, requested assistance from the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal on Wednesday afternoon, according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.
Browning said that his office is currently in the process of interviewing witnesses, reconstructing the fire scene, and possibly collecting surveillance video.
The 2014 Lamborghini Huracan is owned by David Mahler. The vehicle was found burning in the parking lot of his business, H&O Investments, LLC, early Tuesday morning.
Mahler, his family, and his employees began receiving threats last week because of the contract with New Orleans. The threats prompted him to back out of the contract.
Lawyers for H&O Investments sent a letter to the City of New Orleans last week explaining that the owner of the company was not only threatened at
his work, but at his home too.
H&O's decision to pull out came in the midst of a preservation effort by organizations that are having a federal judge hear arguments in favor of keeping the confederate monuments standing in New Orleans.
The judge has not yet made a ruling in that case.