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    Firefighters work inside the burned warehouse following the fatal fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 4, 2016

    US Firearms Agency: No Evidence Oakland Warehouse Fire Was Set Deliberately

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    The authorities have no proof at present that Friday’s warehouse blaze, which killed dozens of people, came about as a result of arson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agent in charge Jill Snyder said in a press conference.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The fire broke out about 11:30 p.m. on Friday local time (10:30 GMT Saturday) during the party featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour, killing 36 people.

    "There is no evidence at this time that the fire was arson or that it was intentionally set," Snyder told reporters on Wednesday.

    Snyder noted media outlets have aired much misinformation by claiming that the cause for the fire has been a faulty refrigerator.

    "The refrigerator is still being examined," Snyder clarified. "We are looking at every possible source of ignition, but no determination has been made."

    Snyder urged the media not to report any premature conclusions before the investigation into the fire is completed.

    ATF experts will be on the scene for several days looking at physical evidence and walking witnesses through the building to get a better explanation of what caused the fire, Snyder added.

    According to the ATF officials, the Oakland warehouse fire led to the highest number of fire fatalities in the United States in the last 13 years.


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