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THE WACO SIEGE: Timeline of the Branch Davidian compound's fiery end in 1993

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Houstonians were gripped back in 1993 by the siege on David Koresh's Branch Davidian compound in Waco, as seen on Eyewitness News. (KTRK)

On April 19, 1993, a 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco came to a fiery end, killing 76 people.

The siege started on February 28, when the ATF attempted to raid the Branch Davidian ranch for alleged weapons violations. An intense gunbattle ensued, killing four agents and six Branch Davidian members.

A LOOK BACK: Watch the video above to see daily reports from Waco, as we aired them on Eyewitness News back in 1993.

The ATF withdrew from the scene and the FBI took command of the situation.

Inside the Waco stand-off 25 years later
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76 people died when the Branch Davidian compound near Waco burned to the ground



The FBI attempted to negotiate with David Koresh, the leader of the Branch Davidians. The FBI negotiated the release of 19 children but 98 people stayed behind. Negotiations continued but eventually stalled and on April 19, the FBI and state authorities moved in on the compound.

Almost immediately the building caught fire and was engulfed in flames. Seventy-six Branch Davidians died in the building. Some were killed by gunshot wounds, and others were crushed by a concrete wall.

An investigation determined that the fire was started inside the building by the Branch Davidians. Controversy over the raid, siege and fire continue to this day.

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