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Fire officials declare Belmont Ave. fire cause "undetermined"

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INDIANAPOLIS -

The cause of a massive warehouse fire on the near west side of Indianapolis has been ruled "undetermined" by fire investigators.

The Nationwide Recycling Center at 220 South Belmont Avenue caught fire June 15. Investigators from several local and federal agencies were unable to determine a cause of the fire.

"At this time, the Division of Homeland Security and the ATF have deemed the cause of the massive fire at 220 South Belmont Street, as undetermined," said Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons.

Coons added an undetermined cause is made "when the cause cannot be proven to an acceptable level of certainty or if multiple causes could not be eliminated."

The investigation will remain open and investigators will continue to follow leads in the case.

"Based on a systematic and methodical examination of the scene, witness statements, and other available information, investigators determined that the fire originated on the west portion of the warehouse," said ATF Acting Special Agent in Charge Christopher Hyman.

The fire caused an estimated $10 million in damages and caused concern among neighbors of the warehouse, when asbestos was discovered in some of the debris.

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