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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Nov. 27, 2012

Contact: SA Franceska Perot

(281) 716-8207

ATF and Fire Marshals Conclude Scene Investigation at Lake Jackson Bowling Center

Fire Ruled as Accidental

LAKE JACKSON, TX – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Melvin King, Jr. representing Houston ATF and the members of the National Response Team of ATF along with the City of Lake Jackson Fire Marshal Randy Crim are announcing the conclusion of the scene investigation at the Bowl Texas Bowling Center fire that occurred on Nov. 18. All agencies are in agreement that the cause of the fire was accidental. The agents and investigators determined that the fire started in the water heater closet due to spontaneous combustion of oily rags left in a trash can next to other combustible materials.

Many agencies participated in the original suppression of the fire and the scene investigation of this fire. Responding suppression units include Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, Clute Volunteer Fire Department, Richwood Volunteer Fire Department and Angleton Volunteer Fire Department. The scene investigation was conducted by ATF Houston Field Division, ATF's National Response Team, Lake Jackson Fire Marshal's Office, Brazoria County Sheriff's Office’s Computer Forensics Division, Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office, and Fort Bend County Fire Marshal's Office.

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