X101 News had recently reached out to New York State Fire regarding the investigation of the cause of the fire that destroyed the auto body repair section of the Cortland Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership on Route 281 in Cortland.
State Fire has told X101 that the fire has been ruled accidental. Through an investigation, it was determined the fire had begun along a wall in the maintenance area of the building, involving the charging of cordless tool batteries.
New York State Fire investigators conducted the investigation after a request by the Cortlandville Fire Department.
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