PHOTOS: Investigators spend the day pulling apart remains of burnt antique shop looking for fire cause

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No word yet on what started the fire early Tuesday morning

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION - State fire investigators joined a contingent of Hartford Fire officials who sifted and tore their way through the charred remnants of the Heirloom Antiques and Furniture Repair building on Wednesday looking for clues as to what started the fire there early Tuesday morning.

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    There was no immediate word as to what investigators have found so far but officials said they expect to release at least their preliminary findings this Friday.

The investigators used a large excavator to remove debris and allow them access to the first floor

Piles of debris were still smoldering inside parts of the building more than 24 hours after the fire broke out

Ann Hayden, who ran the Mainly Vintage clothing store for nearly 30 years salvaged some chairs from her partner Richard Brown's antique store.

Using flashlights, investigators checked out the furniture restoration workshop on the ground level

The large tank in the foreground, which was pulled from the interior, was normally filled with furniture stripping chemicals

A large piece of debris recovered from the interior got a close look over by investigators including Hartford Fire Chief Scott Cooney (right)

One of Vermont's more eager fire investigators sat in a state vehicle awaiting his turn at the scene

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