PORT ANGELES: Port still awaiting cause report for fire

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An insurance investigator’s report on the cause of a hangar fire at William R. Fairchild International Airport is not expected for at least a few more days, Port of Port Angeles officials said Thursday.

The fire broke out early Sunday morning.

The investigator visited the hangar on Wednesday to inspect the ignition point — believed to be a piece of equipment used for mowing and snow removal — and examine the rest of the building, airport Manager Jeff Robb said.

“He didn’t rule any possibility,” Robb said.

An insurance appraiser also inspected the scene earlier this week, but Port officials do not expect the original $300,000 damage estimate to change much.

It may be a month before cleaning crews renovate an adjacent building used by Angeles Communications. Smoke damage forced the company to move to another Port building on the airport grounds.

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