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Published October 25, 2010, 08:49 AM

Flammable liquid didn't cause Fargo apartment fire

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities investigating the cause of a Fargo apartment fire that displaced about 150 people and killed several pets say they have ruled out the use of a flammable liquid.

They are still trying to determine what did cause the Oct. 11 fire at the Galleria apartment complex.

Authorities sent soil and deck board samples to the state crime lab for testing, though they don't suspect foul play. Those tests ruled out any type of ignitable liquid in the blaze.

Fire inspector John Arens tells KFGO radio that an electrical outlet in the area where the fire started also was tested but there was no evidence it was faulty. Arens tells The Forum newspaper that the cause of the fire might never be determined.

Damage to the building is estimated at $2 million.