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4/11/02 - Tyler

Homeless Man Not Trapped in Downtown Fire

A homeless man, originally thought to be trapped inside a burning downtown Tyler building Tuesday night, was found Wednesday night unharmed.

The East Texas Arson task Force searched on Wednesday for a body in the Mercantile building, but came up empty.

Fire investigators say TV reports helped locate John Kirkpatrick who told them he was not in the building during the fire.

At this point, investigators don't believe foul play is involved in the fire at the mercantile building, but still do not know what caused the fire.

Now the arson team will have to wait until it is demolished before doing more tests to determine the cause since the building is just too unstable for further searches.

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