ATF Releases Charleston Report

Markley, Rick
August 2008
Fire Chief;Aug2008, Vol. 52 Issue 8, p16
Trade Publication
The article reports that it took a Freedom of Information Act filing by Charleston Post and Courier to get the Department of Justice to release the Origin and Cause Report compiled by its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters in June 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina. The ATF said the two likely causes of the fire were an improperly discarded cigarette or a person using an open flame to ignite discarded furniture.


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