BUT FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
GOOD EVENING, I'M MICHELLE LI
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AND I'M ERIC FRANKE.
MADISON FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS CALLED IN EXPERTS
FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HELP LOOK INTO WHAT MIGHT
HAVE CAUSED IT.
-- MICHELLE --
THE FIRE ON APOLLO WAY CAUSED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID JOINS US WITH AN UPDATE ON
TODAY, MADISON'S FIRE CHIEF SAYS IT'S THE BIGGEST
BLAZE HE'S SEEN IN DECADES...
AND AS A RESULT, IT MIGHT TAKE QUITE A BIT LONGER
FOR OFFICIALS TO FIND A CAUSE.
In my 25 years on the Madison Fire Department, it's
the most amount of fire I've ever seen out of one
Last Friday's fire on Apollo Way left little behind
of what used to be 105 partly-constructed apartments
but, it's left plenty of work for investigators.
With the leads we have right now, we think maybe 3
to 4 months, possibly.
It could be a lengthy investigation.
The size and the magnitude, those are definitely factors
in what necessitates such a wide ranging investigation.
The national Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco
got involved in that investigation last week, because
of the sheer size of the blaze and the estimated damage
But Monday, the agency announced it would hand the
work back over to local authorities.
The ATF national response team just comes in just
to get the case to a manageable position.
After consulting With MFD, MPD and the Wisconsin state
fire marshal, we believe we're at that case now.
Right now, I think there's a couple different hypotheses
that we're looking at
Investigators have already conducted more than a hundred
interviews over the past week.
With no determined cause expected in the near future,
the work for local authorities may continue for months
EVEN THOUGH INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T DETERMINED A CAUSE
THEY *HAVE* RULED OUT A COUPLE OF OPTIONS.
INCLUDING AN ELECTRICAL OR NATURAL GAS FIRE.
AND SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION.
ARSON, ALONG WITH A RANGE OF OTHER CAUSES, ARE STILL
ON THE TABLE.
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