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Full Throttle Saloon Fire Ruled Accidental

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    September 14, 2015 9:52 PM EDT
    STURGIS, SD - Officials have completed the investigation into the cause of the September 8th fire at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, SD.

    The cause of the fire was ruled to be accidental, announced South Dakota State Fire Marshal Director Paul Merriman and ATF St. Paul Field Division Special Agent in Charge James Modzelewski. Investigators can say conclusively that the fire originated in the main part of the bar and has been determined to be accidental in nature.

    SAC Modzelewski said, “The ATF National Response Team and our investigative partners have completed their assignments at the fire scene.Over the past five days investigators have taken countless photographs, inspected and examined artifacts recovered from the scene and conducted numerous interviews.The information developed was reviewed and analyzed to assist in determining the cause of the fire.”

    The ATF National Response Team departed Sturgis Monday.

    Damage is estimated at approximately $10 million.

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