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ATF probes suspicious LI apt fire

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February 20, 2009 3:58:22 PM PST
Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting investigators on Long Island following an apartment fire that killed a mother and three of her children. A Nassau County police spokesman confirmed Friday that arson investigators are receiving assistance from their colleagues on the federal level.

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    The county fire marshal has labled Thursday's fire in Lawrence, N.Y., as suspicious.

    Investigators are focusing attention on a stairway leading to a pair of second-floor apartments where 12 people lived. Eight people survived the flames by jumping out second-story windows because the stairway was filled with flames.

    The building's ground floor was occupied by a coin-operated laundry. But there was no fire damage to that business, which was closed when the blaze was reported around 5:30 a.m.

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