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Cause of fatal Trempealeau County fire classified 'undetermined'

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We'll never know what caused a fire that killed three people at an old hotel in downtown Independence in February.

The state fire marshal's office says the official cause is listed as undetermined.

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Two Justice Department investigators said the blaze probably started near an entry door on the main floor of the three-story building, which was vacant for about a year.

Ronald Beck Sr., 60, Humberto Vanegas, 35, and Gerardo Perez, 44, were killed in the blaze.

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