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ATF: $20K reward offered for info in fatal Asheville fire

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Several agencies are offering a $20,000 reward for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who set a fatal fire in July.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the City of Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers are offering the reward for info on the July 28 fire at the Medical Office Complex Building on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville that killed Asheville Fire Department Captain Jeffery Scott Bowen.

The fire also caused $10 million in damage. ATF, Asheville Police and Fire departments along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate the fire.

Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the ATF Arson Hotline at 888-283-8477, Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050, NCSBI at 800-334-3000, or Asheville Police at 828-252-1110.

Asheville Fire and Rescue Capt. Bowen died after calling for help while fighting the fire on the fifth floor of 445 Biltmore Ave. medical building.

Officials said Bowen, 37, went into cardiac arrest after succumbing to intense smoke and heat.

Fire officials said firefighter Jay Bettencourt was treated at the burn unit at a hospital in Augusta, GA and was later released. They said six others were admitted for heat-related injuries and were expected to recover.

City officials said the building where the fire occurred is owned by Biltmore Condominium Associates. A spokesperson with Mission Hospital said the building houses many private medical practices and some of the hospital's outpatient services on the lower floors.

Investigators said the fire started on the fifth floor that houses administrative offices.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team (NRT), along with ATF special agents from the Charlotte Field Division were called in to investigate.

More than 200 people escaped the blaze safely.

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