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Investigators closer to finding out cause of Sharon Place fire

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Investigators say they're closer to finding out what caused the fire that destroyed the Sharon Place shopping complex. Nine Newburgh businesses and a church were destroyed.

The building leveled by a the fire that was ruled accidental more than two weeks ago. 

Richard Egan and his family sifted through the rubble, looking for anything that might have survived the fire.

"We found our open light and the main thing we came up for is our cash register and see if we could recover that, just some odds and ends and Christmas ornaments," said Richard Egan, Egan's Framing.

Egan says every mat, frame and picture inside his framing business was ruined. The cash register was melted shut, but still has money inside.

"I worry about the people in the stores more than anything, having to start over and not having anything. It's mind boggling to know that there's nine of us that it took everything and I worry about that store owners a lot," said Egan.

Egan says he and his wife have been looking at several different spaces to reopen the store.

"A lot of the landlords and stuff I've talked to are aware of the situation and are really willing to work with you and that's a blessing right there," said Egan.

The Egan family watched as a crane pulled the furnace that may have ignited the fire from the center of the structure. Investigators can't say for certain if it was the origin of the fire, but being able to get in the structure to investigate is helping them get one step closer. 

The Egan's say they're going to focus on spending time with their families during the holidays and will start the search for a new location after the new year.

14 News is keeping in touch with business owners and we'll be sure to keep you updated as some of them relocate and reopen.

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