Authorities: Deadly Fire May Have Started Near Kitchen

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) The scene of last week’s deadly five-alarm fire which killed four Houston Fire Department firefighters is still dangerous; nevertheless, investigators continue to comb through the rubble looking for clues as to how the fire began.

With several signs of progress in determining a cause, authorities continue to narrow the search for the origin of the deadly blaze that burned at the Southwest Inn last Friday.

Investigators have made great strides in determining an exact cause of the fire. From laser maps being drawn of the site to searching for clues and details in the rubble, they are concentrating on an area above the kitchen.

Authorities turn their concentration to the area near the kitchen of the former inn in search of clues and work to determine how and why the flames spread so rapidly.

Numerous investigators and engineers also turned their search efforts building’s history to see if there was a functioning sprinkler system.

As officials concentrate on determining a cause for the fire, they are asking for the public’s help in obtaining answers.

Anyone with information that can help investigators is urged to call the HFD arson unit at 713-247-8900.

HFD officials expect to remain on the scene of the blaze for at least another week with a final report on the fire expected to be completed within several months.

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