FOLLOW UP: Destructive Tazewell fire ruled accidental - WVVA TV Bluefield Beckley WV News, Weather and Sports

FOLLOW UP: Destructive Tazewell fire ruled accidental

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TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Investigators have ruled a fire that destroyed a long-standing building in downtown Tazewell on New Year's Eve accidental.

Investigators tell WVVA News that no criminal cause could be determined. Because of the use of space heaters at Guru's Thrift Shop -- where the fire began -- combined with the large amount of combustible stock in the store, such as paper goods and clothing, investigators said electrical causes could not be ruled out.

The fire that began on the evening of Dec. 31 gutted the old Peery & St. Clair Building, where Guru's was located, and damaged several surrounding businesses.

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