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ATF turns over RV fire investigation to locals

SAN MARCOS — Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms recently turned over the investigation of a San Marcos RV dealership fire to local authorities after they determined the fire was not intentionally set.

The ATF’s elite national response team was deployed several days after the Oct. 11 fire that destroyed the parts and service center, as well as more than a dozen recreational vehicles, at Holland Motor Homes, which is located near San Marcos Boulevard and state Route 78.

ATF spokeswoman Meredith K. Davis said that the team was no longer in San Marcos after it was determined in late October that there was no evidence of arson, such as traces of gasoline or other fire accelerants, in the wreckage.

“After it was determined that the fire was not intentionally set, the investigation was handed back over to the local fire department,” Davis said. “The ATF will issue a final report in about 30 days.”

Local authorities had taken the rare step of requesting the agency’s assistance after it was determined the size, scope and complexity of the scene was too much for local resources.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries in the fire that caused more than $4 million worth of damage to the 10,800-square-foot structure.

More than 100 firefighters from multiple agencies battled the blaze, which started around 4 p.m. on Oct. 11.

The cause of the fire has still yet to be determined.