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Branch Davidian survivors to observe 20 year anniversary

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Twenty years ago, a 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound reached a fiery end.
     
The complex burned to the ground after a standoff with law-enforcement officials.
     
FBI agents had begun pumping tear gas into the structure to force a surrender when the building caught fire.      
     
The government argues the cult members set the fire as a form of mass suicide, but Davidian survivors say the FBI agents were to blame for the fire.
     
Nine members of the cult escaped.
     
86 members, including leader David Koresh, died.

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