Cochise County asks ATF to look at blaze

Cause of Bis­bee City Hall fire as yet un­de­ter­mined

The Arizona Republic - - Valley & State -

BIS­BEE - The Cochise County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has asked for fed­eral as­sis­tance to in­ves­ti­gate a fire at the Bis­bee City Hall.

The blaze early Wed­nes­day caused sub­stan­tial dam­age to City Hall and its cause is un­known.

Sher­iff Mark Dan­nels says the county asked the Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives for help due to the size of City Hall and the dam­age done.

He says ATF has more as­sets to de­vote to the probe and ex­pert per­son­nel who deal with fire in­ves­ti­ga­tions as part of their as­signed du­ties.

Dan­nels says the county’s fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor is work­ing with a struc­tural en­gi­neer and two ATF agents to de­ter­mine what equip­ment and re­sources will best be uti­lized.

Bis­bee Mayor David Smith says city of­fices will have to be tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated due to the fire. A nearby church will be used as a com­mand cen­ter while city of­fices will be re­lo­cated to a va­cant school.

Smith is a for­mer Tuc­son Po­lice of­fi­cer and fire in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

Bis­bee Po­lice Chief Al­bert Echave told Tuc­son’s KOLD-TV that no one was in the build­ing when the fire be­gan and that there were no in­juries re­ported.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice says at least seven other fire de­part­ments helped Bis­bee fire­fight­ers bat­tle the blaze in south­east­ern Bis­bee.

Bis­bee is 80 miles south­east of Tuc­son.

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