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Police hope to pin down West Richland fatal fire cause by next week

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 WEST RICHLAND, Wash. --  West Richland Police Chief Brian McElroy hopes to have answers to what started the fire that killed 26 year old Sandy St. George Friday March 18. 

McElroy says  they finally have the right resources and hope to find out  where it started by Wednesday of next week.

Police detectives on the case as well as fire investigators from Kennewick, Richland and ATF -- the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were all at the home on 701 S. 45th Avenue.

ATF  brought in a special accelerant sniffing dog.

Monday, the Benton County Coroner said autopsy results St. George were  inconclusive.

Chief McElroy says they're also  keeping a security guard at the house until they find out what caused the fire and where it began.

The chief says, the time frame is not out of the norm because everything in the house was destroyed, and they had to find experts who know how to deal with this type of evidence.

He also says the investigation was slowed down because they have to constantly make sure the house is safe for the detectives to be inside.
 
The investigation is pricey and McElroy says he hopes the insurance company, which is also investing the cause helps cover some of the expensive.

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