Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Seattle Field Division
At The Frontline Against Violent Crime
For Immediate Release
June 26, 2009
Contact: SA Nick Starcevic, ATF
Contact: Cherie Smith, Wenatchee Police Department
Old Stemilt Warehouse Fire Investigation Concluded
No Evidence of Foul Play Discovered
WENATCHEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Seattle Field Division, along with the Wenatchee Police and Fire Departments, have concluded the fire investigation at the Old Stemilt Warehouse in Wenatchee. The fire occurred on Saturday, June 20, and resulted in the activation of special agents and fire investigators from the Wenatchee Fire and Police Departments, and the ATF National Response Team.
Robert Champion, special agent in charge of the ATF Seattle Field Division expressed his appreciation to the management and staff of the Hamilton Investment Group for their complete cooperation throughout the investigation. Champion advises that the investigation uncovered no indication of foul play or criminal activity that may have contributed to the cause of the fire. Investigators are confident the fire began in the basement stairwell of the facility, and the official determination regarding the cause of this fire will be deemed “accidental.”
“The local and regional fire departments and emergency responders that answered the call and successfully suppressed this massive fire are to be commended for an outstanding job,” said Champion. “Although there were too many responding agencies to mention them all individually, this region continues to demonstrate the highest level of dedication and performance in their public service commitments.”
Participating agencies include: The Region Six Fire Investigation Team consisting of various Fire Departments and Districts from Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties. The Fire Marshals Office from Chelan, Douglas, and Grant Counties also assisted.
More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.