Feds to Investigate Industrial Fire

Feds to Investigate Industrial Fire

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Federal investigators will swarm over South Salt Lake's six-alarm industrial fire. They'll check for any connection to a series of recent fires attributed to environmental extremists.

A-T-F spokesman Tom Mangan says a team of fire engineers, chemists, explosives experts and other trained federal investigators will fly into Utah tomorrow.

Mangan called it a national response to the spectacular fire that burned through paper and chemical stocks yesterday.

It's too early to connect this fire to groups like the Earth Liberation Front, but Mangan says the feds aren't ruling it out, either.

The fire caused an estimated 4 (M) million dollars in damages and is still smoldering.

The Animal Liberation Front is thought to be behind a fire at B-Y-U where the group's spray-painted initials were left behind.

But it hasn't claimed responsibility.

The Earth Liberation Front took responsibility last month for the $1.5 million arson fire at a West Jordan lumberyard. It said it was protesting diesel-powered forklifts.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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