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Bomb technicians collect valuables for displaced tenants

March 15, 2018
Two firefighters stand atop a truck while watching view the flames of the 109 building of Village Glen Apartments in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Thursday, March 15, 2018. The fire was set to destroy hazardous chemicals in a building where an explosion killed a man on March 5, 2018. Officials concluded that burning the building with all of its contents was the only way to eliminate leftover explosive materials and hazardous chemicals. (Mark McMullen/The Daily Citizen via AP)
Two firefighters stand atop a truck while watching view the flames of the 109 building of Village Glen Apartments in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Thursday, March 15, 2018. The fire was set to destroy hazardous chemicals in a building where an explosion killed a man on March 5, 2018. Officials concluded that burning the building with all of its contents was the only way to eliminate leftover explosive materials and hazardous chemicals. (Mark McMullen/The Daily Citizen via AP)

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (AP) — Bomb technicians from the FBI conducting a final sweep of the apartment building where a fatal explosion occurred last week were able to retrieve some important items for tenants who were not allowed to collect personal belongings.

The technicians were sweeping the building for ammunitions and hazardous materials prior to Thursday’s controlled burn of the building. Because of the volatility of the chemicals inside the building, residents had to leave behind family heirlooms, important papers, jewelry and other belongings.

The city said Thursday the bomb technicians were able to grab some important property on behalf of the tenants.

Authorities set a controlled fire Thursday to burn the chemicals that could not be removed because of their volatility. The explosion March 5 killed one tenant, 28-year-old Benjamin Morrow, who police believe was making bombs.

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