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Cause of fire may never be known

May 8, 2014

CENTRAL FALLS – Fire investigators say the cause of a two-alarm fire that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building on Pine Street Wednesday afternoon has been officially listed as "undetermined” due to the extensive damage.
A cause is classified "undetermined" when multiple causes can not be eliminated, or there is insufficient proof of a particular cause.
“It’s being listed as undetermined because there are just too many loose ends and investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office can’t get in deep enough because of safety issues and the condition of the building,” said Central Falls Fire Chief Robert E. Bradley, Jr., adding it appears the two-alarm fire started in the porch area and spread to all three floors.
Bradley said the city’s code enforcement office has ordered the 661 Pine St. building demolished pending discussions that were still being held Thursday between the city and insurance companies.
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