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Focus on possible electrical cause of fire in Winona, Minn.

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WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Investigators are focusing on an electrical cause of the historic fire that consumed several buildings in downtown Winona.

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Deputy Police Chief Tom Williams said Tuesday the most significant burn and char marks are near an electrical conduit in the building where the fire apparently started — the Islamic Center of Winona.

He says federal, state and local investigators plan to dig through the rubble at the former Islamic Center again next week. A similar effort was done last Saturday by about 10 investigators. Williams says heavy equipment, such as a crane, is too costly, and that’s why investigators are digging by hand.

The fire last Friday destroyed two buildings, including the Islamic Center, and heavily damaged a third.

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