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Cause of Deaf and Blind building fire will go down as ‘undetermined’

ROMNEY, W.Va. — Investigators say the cause of the fire that destroyed the historic Administration Building at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind will officially go down as undetermined.

Flames ripped through the 1860s brick building along U.S. Route 50 in Romney last Saturday morning. Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the National Response Team of AFT were on the scene within 24 hours to begin the probe.

Investigators said the damage was extensive. (Photo/WVDE)

The state Fire Marshal’s Office announced Friday morning they couldn’t determine a cause. There was too much damage to be able to determine where and how the blaze began.

“A detailed investigation, including interviews, scene analysis and checking of video surveillance, was conducted by both agencies. With the fire cause ruled as undetermined in cause, the case is now considered closed by the WVSFMO and ATF,” Friday’s statement said.

There were no students on campus at the time of the fire. They had gone home for the weekend. The students have been on remote learning this week and are scheduled to return to campus in time for classes Monday.

The state Department of Education worked with Frontier to restore internet and phone service to the campus after hook-ups were destroyed in the blaze.

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