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Fairbanks to test clothing from fatal fire

By Associated Press 7:52 AM July 10, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

Clothing worn by a man who died in a fire at the Fairbanks downtown post office will be tested at a crime laboratory in Georgia.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1sCjojJ) reports Johnny Wallace was severely burned in the fire Jan. 1, 2013. He died four days later.

Fairbanks Mayor Eberhart says he found out in June that Wallace’s clothing was not sent to the state crime lab.

The clothing had been doused with a chemical extinguisher and police said the state lab likely would reject testing because it would be a waste of time.

Eberhart after meetings with Wallis’ family asked police to send the clothing to an independent lab.

He says the analysis may yield nothing but the city owes it to the family to get the clothing tested.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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