Arsonist Used Pass Key to in Fire that Killed Asheville (NC) Firefighter

The person who started a July fire that killed Asheville (NC) Fire Captain Jeff Bowen used an access key to get inside the medical building that was set ablaze, according to a report by local police.

An area news report indicates that the police report listed the method of entry as “used pass key” and indicated that chemicals or acids were used to ignite the fire.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), along with criminal investigators from the Asheville Fire and Police Departments and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI), determined that the fire on July 28 was deliberately set.

Capt. Jeff Bowen, 37, a 13-year veteran of the Asheville (NC) Fire Department, was fatally injured late Thursday while responding to an incident in an office building. The four-alarm fire injured approximately eleven other firefighters who were treated for heat exposure and other injuries.

Read more about the police report HERE.

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