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Update: Capital Mall Arson Fire Investigation - Possible Oregon Arson Fund Award
04/07/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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The investigation into Sunday afternoon's intentionally set fires that destroyed a portable restroom and damaged an underground parking stair access structure on the north end of the Capitol Mall grounds near the Labor & Industries Building is continuing. A second fire scene was also identified at a second portable restroom on the mall grounds about one-tenth of a mile south of the first scene. Information regarding a possible reward by the Oregon Arson Awards Fund is made available to help in this investigation.

 
On April 6, 2008 at approximately 2:50 p.m. a report was received of a portable restroom on fire at the north end of the Capitol Mall. Salem Fire Department personnel responded to the fire, but the portable restroom was completely destroyed. Quick reporting of a second fire to a portable restroom located in front of the Oregon State Library Building was reported about 3:35 p.m. and fire personnel were able to extinguish the fire before any major damage.

 
An OSP arson detective investigating the fires confirmed both were intentionally set inside the portable restrooms. The first fire also caused some damage to a stair access area for an underground parking structure. According to Department of Administrative Services, initial damage estimate is approximately $15,000 to the stair access area.
 
Any tips related to these fire investigations can be called into the Oregon Arson Hotline at 800-452-7888, a toll-free statewide hotline to encourage citizens to provided information (anonymous if requested) on arson crimes, that may lead to the arrest and conviction of arsonists. Anyone who was in the area that may have any video or photos that could help in the investigation is asked to contact Oregon State Police.

 
The NW Insurance Council and the Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) have a $5,000 Arson Awards Fund designed to encourage citizens to step forward and help identify arsonists. According to the IAAI, only 17 percent of all arson investigations result in convictions. Tips from citizens can make the difference between catching an arsonist and that arsonist from roaming the streets and starting more fires.
 
Credible information from citizens leading to an arrest or conviction of arsonists is considered for nomination for an award from the fund. The Arson Awards Committee reviews nominations and determine an appropriate monetary award.
 
More information regarding the Oregon Arson Award System is available on the Oregon State Police web site at the following link:
 
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/AES/OCAA.shtml
 
And, on the IAAI website at: http://www.or-iaai.net/OCAAf.htm .