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Investigators Wait on Harvey Fire

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Investigators are still not able to inspect the scene of a fire that destroyed nearly one square mile in south suburban Harvey. The fire blazed for more than 24 hours in a large industrial park.

Thomas Ahern is with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He says federal investigators were dispatched to Harvey at the city’s request.

“Once it is safe for the investigators to examine the scene -- because it is a very hot scene -- they’ll go in and begin to dig out the remains in hopes of determining exactly how the fire started and where it started,” Ahern says.

Ahern says it’s too early to know if arson is to blame for the fire.

Hundreds of firefighters from Harvey and surrounding communities fought the blaze. Two firefighters suffered heat exhaustion. No other injuries were reported.

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