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Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 9:40 am | Updated: 4:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Federal authorities will assist Gilbert in investigating a fire that destroyed sections of a light industrial complex Tuesday.

The early morning blaze at 725 W. Commerce Ave. caused an estimated $1.5 million to $2 million in damage, Gilbert Fire Battalion Chief Wes Kemp said. Crews from Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler and Apache Junction needed 90 minutes to knock down the two-alarm fire.

The portion of the 25,000-square-foot building that houses a cabinet manufacturer was so badly burned that the roof collapsed, and two other businesses were damaged. But Kemp said the incident was brought under control before flames reached a firearms company.

Nobody was inside the building when the fire broke out at 12:30 a.m., and firefighters handled the incident without injury.

“There’s no clues whatsoever to either people or cause,” Kemp said.

Because of the amount of loss, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will lend its expertise in finding the fire’s cause, Kemp said. The bureau has more resources on which to draw, such as canine units and forensics laboratories.

The investigation will begin in earnest this morning, when a task force will begin digging though the rubble.

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