Historic fire downtown is still unsolved

Historic fire downtown is still unsolved

POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 8:34am

EL PASO- The investigation into the fire that destroyed the John Wesley Hardin building entered it's fifth day on Wednesday.

Teams from several agencies spent Tuesday sifting through the charred remains of the building.

The investigators have taken their time, trying not to destroy whatever evidence may be inside. They examined layer upon layer of debris. This slowed process will lead to any intentional or unintentional signs that could determine a cause of the fire.

The owners of the building have been on hand since the fire started and they hired a demolition company, but the building will not come down until the fire department says it's done inspecting it.

Chief Otto Drozd said he expects to meet with City Council in the next few weeks to review or make changes to the Fire Department's policicies regarding empty buildings to prevent futurer losses.

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