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TX: Church Fire casued by Electrical Arching

Odessa, TX:  Investigators with Odessa Fire/Rescue have determined the cause of the St. James Baptist fire was caused by an electrical malfunction.  Fire Marshal Detra White said investigators found signs of electrical arching in the area considered the attic, which was a small space between the original tar and gravel roof and newer pitched roof.  “The fire, once it started in that attic, had old wood from the structure and tar from the roof and gravel from the roof that were excellent fuels,” White said. “We had just enough wind to provide oxygen and it was almost like the perfect storm.

Because the fire involved a church, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were required to investigate as stated by a federal mandate, White said.

Story via OA online

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