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Cause of Dover fire undetermined, but not suspicious

DOVER, NJ (Morris County) – The cause of a massive fire that tore through four buildings and displaced dozens of people on Oct. 22 has been ruled undetermined, but isn’t considered suspicious, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., and Dover Police Department Deputy Chief Anthony Smith.

After conducting a systematic fire investigation, consisting of interviews, photo documentation, fire scene processing and the examination of heat, smoke, and fire patterns, it is the opinion of the fire investigators that the cause of this fire is “Undetermined.” The fire is deemed not suspicious at this time, Knapp said.

The area of origin for this fire was located on the first floor of 19 West Blackwell Street. All natural and incendiary causes have been ruled out. The fire investigation is complete, however the overall investigation remains ongoing, Knapp said.

The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire was conducted jointly by the Dover Police Department, Dover Fire Prevention Bureau, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Fire/Environmental Unit, Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the NJ Division of Fire Safety Fire Marshal’s Office.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook