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ATF's National Response Team To Assist With Grandwood Furniture Fire Investigation

The cause of the three-alarm fire that destroyed the Lakewood furniture store has yet to be determined, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue.

(This is from West Pierce Fire & Rescue regarding the)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT) will join with West Pierce Fire & Rescue investigators to determine the cause of the fire that destroyed the building located at 7505 52nd Avenue West.

The NRT is composed of veteran ATF special agents, including certified explosives specialists, certified fire investigators, forensic mappers, accelerant and explosives detection canines, explosives enforcement officers, fire protection engineers, electrical engineers, and forensic chemists. NRT special agents are explosives and fire investigators trained to work numerous fire and explosives scenes.

Federal, state, and local agencies can request the activation and assistance of ATF’s NRT to investigate significant fire and explosive incidents.  This is not to say there has been any kind of determination on the cause of this fire, it is still under investigation.

The primary objective of the NRT is to concentrate ATF explosives/fire investigative resources and expertise on those incidents and investigations that require additional resources and experts that may not be available within a local agency or local ATF office.

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