ATF team investigating 6-alarm Alexandria Fire

12:00 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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Photo Gallery: Alexandria fire aftermath
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) and ATF special agents from the Washington Field Division are now investigating the industrial fire that destroyed a DC foam facility in Alexandria.

The six-alarm fire at 801 South Pickett Street in Alexandria caused a collapse and more than $1 million in damages, say officials.  A firefighter was also injured.

According to ATF officials, this is the second NRT response to Alexandria in the past two years. The last time the team responded was for a fire at the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2011. 

ATF officials say the team is "composed of veteran special agents who have post-blast and fire origin-and-cause expertise; forensic chemists; explosives enforcement officers; fire protection engineers; accelerant detection canines; explosives detection canines; intelligence support, computer forensic support and audit support." Team members will work with state and local officers to reconstruct the scene, conduct interviews, and go through evidence related to the fire.

ATF notes that "In addition to investigating hundreds of scenes, the NRT has also been activated to scenes such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon crash site, as well as blasts at explosives and ammunition manufacturing plants, legal fireworks factories and illegal explosive device manufacturing operations."


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