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ATF: Arson not the cause of Bogey Hills fire

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A fire broke at out Bogey Hills Country Club overnight on February 16 into February 17. Credit: KMOV A fire broke at out Bogey Hills Country Club overnight on February 16 into February 17. Credit: KMOV
ST. CHARLES COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

The ATF's Explosives and Fire Investigation team has wrapped up its investigation of the fire that destroyed the Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles County. 

A spokesman for the ATF said the agency was brought in because it has the manpower and training to handle large, complex fire investigations.

"We can come in with a lot of resources, a lot of expertise, a lot of equipment and do what would take them weeks, we can do that in a few days," said John Ham of the ATF.

The ATF team includes, electrical and structural engineers as well as a fire research engineer, forensic chemist and photographers who'll take pictures that can be used to create a 3-D map of the site.

At some time, investigators plan to use a crane to remove debris so they can look for clues to the cause of the fire in the lower areas of the building. They also have a police dog on standby if they choose to have it search the scene for clues that an accelerant was used.

The owner of Bogey Hills Country Club told News 4 that restaurants and other country clubs have been offering to help the many couples who had planned to have their wedding at Bogey Hills Country Club but are now scrambling to find a new wedding venue.

"Everyone just pouring out, offering their help with the brides, matching our pricing, even going out and offering to hire some of my staff in the interim until we're rebuilt," said Angel Walter-Likens.

Friday, the ATF said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but arson has been ruled out.

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