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Investigation yields no answers in Danvers State blaze
(Mark Wilson/Globe Staff)
The aftermath of the fire.
By Christine McConville, Globe Staff
State fire inspectors do not know why a massive 425-unit housing development in Danvers went up in flames last April.
The project, Avalon at Hathorne Hill, was being built on the grounds of the former Danvers State Hospital.
About 147 apartments were destroyed when the almost-complete building ignited in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 7.
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Danvers Fire Chief James P. Tutko announced today that their investigation has ended, and the cause of the fire is officially undetermined.
In a written statement, Tutko said the destruction "was so extensive that the concrete footings of the building were affected, leaving investigators with little evidence to determine the point of origin and the cause."