There have been a lot of theories about the cause of the fire that heavily damaged New Beginnings Church July 4.
Was it electrical? Was it arson?
Tuesday, New Beginnings Church pastor Shawn Amburgey finally found out the cause.
It was electrical.
Amburgey had just met with Sammy Anaya from the investigations unit of the State Fire Marshal’s office when the investigator's findings were released.
When asked what Anaya said, Amburgey said “the test results came back negative for accelerants and that it was an accidental incident by electrical failure.”
Los Alamos fire chief Troy Hughes also talked to Anaya and confirmed the findings.
“It apparently started in an outlet near the stage area,” Hughes said.
It has been nearly six weeks since the fire and investigators pored through a mountain of burn evidence.
"It just took a while to get the results back," Hughes said. "Usually with a flammable liquid, that can be found out rather quickly. But with this, they used microscopes and x-rays and all of that takes time. The investigators did a tremendous job and everybody wanted an answer quickly. I know I was getting a little impatient waiting to find out the results."