Posted by on July 11, 2017
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(BANT) – Federal agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived in Oakland on Monday to assist in the investigation of a four-alarm fire that broke out at a construction site on Friday.

A total of 22 members of the ATF’s National Response Team are working closely with the Oakland Fire Department and the Alameda County Fire Investigation Task Force to investigate last week’s fire at 2302 Valdez St.

“Our focus is to provide our expertise on fire scene analysis to the Oakland Fire Department for their investigation,” ATF’s Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder said in a statement.

“ATF approaches these scenes without any preconceptions about what may have happened, and we allow the evidence to guide us to a conclusion,” she said.

ATF is the only federal agency with the expertise and resources to investigate fire scenes. Its National Response Team exists to support federal, state and local investigators with large-scale and complex fire and explosive incidents, according to ATF officials.

The National Response Team consists of veteran special agents, including certified fire investigators, explosives specialists, fire protection engineers, chemists and forensic mappers.

Anyone with information about last week’s fire can contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-FIRE. All information provided is kept confidential.