NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The State Fire Marshal's Office will join the investigation of a fire that destroyed a New Orleans city contractor's luxury car, according to Marshal Butch Browning.
Browning said investigators are in the process of interviewing possible witnesses and looking into whether the fire was captured on surveillance video. They are also reconstructing the fire scene.
Browning said he was not in a position to say what caused the fire.
Contractor David Mahler is wondering whether the fire that destroyed his $200,000 Lamborghini is connected to a city controversy over Confederate monuments.
Mahler's company was recently tasked with removing Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans. But Mahler last week opted out of the job after he and his company received death threats. City spokesman Hayne Rainey confirmed that the FBI was contacted about the threats.
Early Tuesday, authorities reported finding his car ablaze in a parking lot at his business, H&O Investments in the Baton Rouge area. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Mahler and his lawyer said Wednesday that they fear - in light of the past threats - that the car was intentionally torched.