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ATF Joins Investigation Of Post Falls Fire

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Kootenai County officials say the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will join an investigation into a Feb. 16 fire that gutted a mansion along the Spokane River in Post Falls. County Fire & Rescue spokesman Dan Ryan tells The Spokesman-Review an ATF investigator would be available Tuesday.

Last week, an accelerant-sniffing dog alerted investigators to a couple of areas inside the home, owned by Leonard and Pamela Wallace. The $1.5 million home had been the subject of a pending foreclosure. Ryan says some samples were sent to a lab.

But he notes the dogs are taught to find petroleum smells, and people have petroleum products all over their houses. No one was home at the time of the fire.
     

      
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