Five-Alarm Portland (OR) Fire Ruled Arson

A five-alarm fire that destroyed a partially constructed apartment building in Portland (OR) last week was arson, reports The Oregonian.

The arson finding was announced four days after the Thursday fire that brought in a team of investigators from the fire bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Few additional details about what led investigators to conclude someone intentionally set the fire, reported around 4:14 a.m., at the five-story Monroe Apartments project on the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Northeast Monroe Street.
Herb McKillop, owner of the property called the determination of arson “no surprise.”

“There was no electricity in the building, and any of the plumbing was all plastic,” said McKillop. “There had been no torches inside the building.”

McKillop, who lives in Pleasant Hill southeast of Eugene, said he had “no idea, not a clue” as to why someone would deliberately light the building on fire. He said the process leading up to construction went very smoothly and that there was no neighborhood resistance to the project.

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