- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - Federal and local investigators are blaming arson for the flames that destroyed a hotel under construction in Carlsbad.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives announced the finding Friday, saying enough evidence was recovered at the scene to determine that the fire was intentional.

The blaze destroyed the multimillion-dollar Quality Inn that was being built along one of Carlsbad’s main streets. It was set to open in a few months.

Investigators say they followed up on more than 80 leads and interviews.

ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Murray says the investigation is not over and that authorities are still working to bring the person responsible for the fire to justice.

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