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Feds probe fire at historic drive-in

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Hattiesburg fire investigator Scott McRaney says he's asked state and federal investigators to look into the blaze that destroyed the historic Beverly Drive-In on Oct. 30.

He says he did so because of the 62-year-old theater's historic significance and money value. The drive-in and 10 acres of land were on sale with a $1 million price tag before the fire.

McRaney says electricity, gas and lightning have been ruled out, and the state fire marshal and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating.

Beverly co-owner Suzette Hargroder says that someone obviously started the fire - either accidentally or on purpose.

She says vagrants and trespassers were frequent since 2005, when damage from Hurricane Katrina closed the theater.

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