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Cause of Tazewell New Year's Eve fire electrical

TAZEWELL (WVVA) - Investigators say the cause of the fire that destroyed a portion of downtown Tazewell on New Year's Eve 2013 has been ruled electrical.

Chief Dewitt Cooper of the Tazewell Police Department tells WVVA News that, after careful examination, the fire was determined to halved started at wiring in the back of Guru's Thrift Store on Main Street.

Cooper said investigators were delayed by weeks because the heat and damage to the building made it unsafe. During the investigation, authorities were unable to any traces of accelerant.

A specific cause could not be determined because of the fire's damaging heat, Cooper said.

Several Main Street business were affected by the fire.

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