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Investigators Looking into "Suspicious" Circumstances Surrounding Liberty Theatre Fire

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PASCO, Wash. - Fourth Avenue between Lewis Street and Clark Street remained closed Thursday evening as crews and investigators continued to clean up after a Tuesday night fire gutted the old Liberty Theatre. 

The building next door, that has apartments in them, opened Wednesday night and residents there were able to return home. The Pasco Fire Department hoped to have Fourth Avenue back open by Friday or Saturday. 

Street sweepers and other city crews cleaned up on Thursday by removing ash and debris left behind from the blaze. Investigators were also on the scene, both from the Fire Department and an insurance company.

"There was a few suspicious things. The first officer on scene the night of the fire found the back doors open. So we're just trying to eliminate and figure out where the fire started," said Battalion Chief Don Donais. 

Donais said investigators are fairly confident the blaze started in the attic of the second story near the front of the building. While the former Liberty Theatre is now just a burned out shell, the building next door also has some extensive water damage in the basement.