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Dallas investigators seek cause of fatal skyscraper fire


DALLAS (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire in the basement of a Dallas skyscraper that killed three construction workers.

Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender said Friday that investigators found code violations in the accident at 50-story Thanksgiving Tower. He didn’t elaborate.

A coroner says 36-year-old Oscar Esparza-Romo and 43-year-old Leroy Carrillo died in Thursday’s accident. The name of the third worker wasn’t immediately released. Autopsy results are pending.

The victims were in a thermal storage tank that’s part of the heating, ventilating and air conditioning unit.

The subcontractors worked for Best Mechanical Inc. Company spokeswoman Cheri Torres said the crew had safety equipment. A message left with the company wasn’t immediately returned Friday.

The estimated 2,800 people in Thanksgiving Tower evacuated. Three people were treated for breathing problems.

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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