Mother, EMT recognized for role in Dec. fire

"One of the things we try and do is recognize hometown heroes who help their communities and go above and beyond," he said.

Bethlehem police said an investigation in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms of the explosions and subsequent fire is ongoing, and lab tests on materials removed from the site have come back.

"They do have the results from that, but are not going to release what the results are at this point," Heffernan said.

Investigators believe chemicals were involved in the explosion, which originated in the basement, and were doing tests to find out what chemicals were involved.

The Spotlight reported on Feb. 17 that Michelle Sanchez had refused to allow investigators access to her son for an interview. Officials had been waiting for the health of the 15-year-old Bethlehem High School student to improve.


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