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Abbotsford theatre fire ruled an accident


Investigators say the fire that destroyed the Abby Theatre in Abbotsford and killed one firefighter was an accident.

In a news release issued Friday evening, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives announced it has wrapped up the investigation into Sunday's fire. Investigators said the fire "started in the lobby area of the theatre and was accidental in nature."

Investigators did not elaborate on the cause of the fire. A message seeking clarification was not immediately returned.

The fire started at 12:16 p.m. Sunday. A volunteer firefighter from the Colby Fire Department, Jamison Kampmeyer, died battling the blaze after part of the roof collapsed. Two other firefighters inside were injured but were rescued from the building.

Kampmeyer's funeral took place Friday in Colby.

"Over the past six days investigators have taken countless photographs, inspected and examined artifacts recovered from the scene and conducted more than 60 interviews," said John Schmidt, Acting Assistant Special Agent in Charge. "The information developed was reviewed and analyzed to assist in determining the cause of the fire."

Dozens of investigators were working on this case. According to the news release, investigators have finished their work and left Abbotsford.

Investigators estimate damage to the theatre to be approximately $300,000.


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