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ATF Investigators help in fire investigation

KENNEWICK, Wash. - An investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms sifted through charred rubble at an apartment complex gutted by fire.

The ATF investigator is helping local fire and police investigators look for clues as to why the living room of an apartment unit on West 5th Avenue went up in flames the day after Christmas.

The fire charred everything inside.  Experts said it was burning at around 2,000 degrees.

The Kennewick Fire Marshal said 66-year-old James Medley may have been drinking the night of the fire.  But since it burned so hot, they brought in experts to help find the cause.

The fire started in the living room but within seconds the smoke spread to the bedroom where medley was sleeping.  He died of smoke inhalation. 

The investigator from the ATF specializes in residential fires and will release his findings to local agencies.