The City of Bothell received the Cause and Origin Report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for the Bothell Main Street Fire. After extensive investigation and data analysis, the cause of the fire has been officially found to be undetermined. The investigation remains open and can be altered should new evidence become available.
The massive fire that started in downtown Bothell in the early morning of July 22, in the under-construction Mercantile building, completely consumed the wooden part of the structure and destroyed all potential evidence. Due to the extensive damage, a clearly defined area of origin could not be determined.
“The intensity and enormity of this fire prevented any conclusive evidence from being recovered,” says Interim Fire Marshal Butch Noble. “Although I know this conclusion may be somewhat disappointing, it does not come as a big surprise for this size of an event. The City is very grateful to ATF for their assistance in working collaboratively with our investigators to leave no stone left unturned.”
The City of Bothell continues to work with business owners and the community to rebuild after the Main Street Fire. “The City is focused on recovery efforts and determined to continue progress after this historic and devastating loss,” says Assistant City Manager Peter Troedsson.
For more information on the Main Street Fire recovery: www.bothellwa.gov/firerecovery