ATF: Blaze that killed firefighter deliberately set - FOX Carolina 21

ATF: Blaze that killed firefighter deliberately set

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Capt. Jeffery Bowen (Asheville Fire and Rescue) Capt. Jeffery Bowen (Asheville Fire and Rescue)
ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

The fire at an Asheville medical office building that killed a firefighter last week was deliberately set, investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms said Thursday.

The July 28 fire started on the fifth floor of the building at 445 Biltmore Ave.

Asheville Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeffery Bowen was killed and the building sustained more than $20 million in damage as a result of the fire, according to the ATF.

"This latest information is deeply troubling," said Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy. "Our hearts go out to Capt. Jeffery Bowen's family and all Asheville Fire Department firefighters, staff and their families."

Authorities said anyone with information about the crime should call the ATF Arson Hotline at 888-283-8477, Asheville Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050 or the State Bureau of Investigation at 800-334-3000.

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