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Nov. 11, 2011ATCHISON, KS |  By: AP

Explosion Investigation

The State Fire Marshal's Office says preliminary results indicate the explosion that killed six people and injured two others at northeast Kansas grain elevator was accidental.

The agency says its investigation into the Oct. 29th explosion at the Bartlett Grain Elevator is continuing, but there is no evidence of criminal activity. It says the blast appears to have originated in the main bin area. Investigators have completed an external examination of the facility as well as a limited internal look to the extent that those areas are accessible. Some smoldering fire still exists in the damaged bin areas. The state said a final report on the explosion will take several weeks to complete.