Fire chief: Weather conditions favorable for controlled burn in Beaver Dam Thursday

Building destruction comes after fatal explosion

BEAVER DAM, Wis. - Fire officials said at a press conference Wednesday that they expect the weather conditions to be favorable for the controlled burn of a Beaver Dam apartment building where a fatal explosion took place. 

The source of the explosion was volatile chemical materials, according to Beaver Dam police. Authorities have ruled out terrorism but said the materials found were used to make bombs.

Officials have confirmed the name of the man who died in the explosion as Benjamin Morrow, 28, of Beaver Dam. Beaver Dam police said they identified Morrow's remains through DNA analysis with cooperation from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory in Madison.



Authorities said the materials found in Morrow's apartment are so dangerous the only way to destroy it is to burn the entire building down in a controlled burn. The controlled burn will start at 10 a.m. Thursday. 

Beaver Dam police are leading the investigation into the explosion and working with the FBI. The FBI has set up a 24-hour tip line for anyone who may have information about the investigation. The number is 1-800-225-5324.



Officials said they are setting up air quality measuring equipment starting Wednesday near the apartment and asked that residents not touch the devices. 

“We want people to be aware of what these two pieces of equipment look (like), calm concerns and also request that you do not disturb the equipment,” according to a news release.

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