Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Investigation resumed:

Fonk’s building turned back to owners, progress made


COLFAX – The Fonk’s fire investigation has entered a new phase as items from the building are now being analyzed in a private forensic laboratory in Seattle.

These include wiring, an oven, a dishwasher and a meat slicer from the back of the ground floor of the building, where the March 17 fire is suspected to have started.

The partially-taken down structure was turned back over to its owners Tuesday.

The current investigation is being conducted by representatives of insurance companies which have policies on the building.

“They’ll take (the kitchen items) apart and see if it star...

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