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Fire Marshal Rules Cause of Bridgeport Fire Undetermined

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Fire Marshal says as of now the cause is undetermined, but he says that could change Fire Marshal says as of now the cause is undetermined, but he says that could change
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The Fire Marshal has ruled the cause of the fire, which killed three small children in Bridgeport Saturday, as undetermined, but made a point of adding that it may have been electrical.

So where would a renter go to report problems like this? Several former renters contacted 7News on the subject. If indeed this was the problem, Mayor John Callarik wants residents in rental properties to know they can come to him. He says in a small community with a small budget, there is no building code inspector.  He says his door is always open.

"Well that's right. At least come in, we'll help what we can, we'll go to the landlord and sit down and talk to him," said Callarik.

Callarik sent out 20 thank you notes in the wake of Sunday's tragic fire. He says Bridgeport's Fire Department got heroic back-up from other departments that probably saved the block.

"And if we didn't have Neffs and Martins Ferry bring their ladder trucks in, we'd have lost this whole black, the building and all," he said.

Concerning electrical wiring, the mayor says they have no rules in place, to his knowledge. But he says they will need to address that, in the wake of the tragedy.

"We might have to look in it a little more and maybe get some rights to oversee some of this so this does not happen again," Callarik said.

The ownership of the property was reportedly changing hands. 7News put a call in to the person believed to be the actual owner. So far we have gotten no response.