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Cause Of Fire That Killed Washington State Patrol Employees Ruled 'Undetermined'

ATF Press Release:

Last year, on August 16th, 2010, three employees of the Washington State Patrol were killed in a house fire in Zillah, Washington.  Today, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced their investigation has classified the cause and origin of the fire as "undetermined".

State Patrol Trooper Gary Miller, his wife Anne Miller-Hewitt and State Patrol Trooper Kristopher Sperry, died in the early morning fire.  Anne Miller-Hewitt was a dispatch supervisor in the State Patrol's communication's office in Wenatchee.

"At this point it is unknown what caused the fire." said Kelvin Crenshaw, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Seattle Field Division.  "Sometimes answers can be elusive but that does not mean they can never be found - we remain mindful of that fact.  What we do know is that we will never forget the horrible tragedy of this loss - or the dedication, strength and commitment to service that these three very special lives represented."

"We miss Gary, Anne and Kris terribly," said State Patrol Chief John R. Batiste. "They were the kinds of public servants that all of us aspire to be. We very much appreciate the extraordinary effort that ATF has put toward determining the cause of this awful tragedy."

 

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