According to the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office, there is no evidence of criminal activity in the Athens fire.
Authorities have concluded investigating the scene of the East Texas AG Supply fire in Athens, Texas.
The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office working with the Athens Fire Department, Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (Dallas Field Division), have ruled the cause Thursday's fire as undetermined.
“The fire originated in the northwest quadrant of the building, at ceiling level,” said Athens Fire Chief, John McQueary. According to Chief McQueary, “based on the origin of the fire, the only causes that could not be eliminated are related to an electrical failure.”
State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy said, “Per national guidelines and standards, the fire will be classified as undetermined because the ignition source and the first material ignited could not be determined.”
Officials say weather was not a factor, and there is no evidence or indication of a criminal or intentional act that caused the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Athens Fire Department, ATF, and Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office will finalize the fire investigation report in upcoming weeks. The East Texas AG Supply property was released to the owner Monday.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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