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Oregon State Capitol Fire Investigation
08/30/2008
Investigation Contact:
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Facility Contact:
Scott Burgess
Phone: (503) 400-1765
 
Fire Response Contact:
Deputy Fire Marshal Laird Case
Salem Fire Department
Phone: (503) 932-5772

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Fire investigators from Oregon State Police (OSP) Arson & Explosives Section, ATF, and Salem Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation to determine the cause of an early Saturday morning fire that damage a limited section of the south side of the Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem.
 
As of Saturday afternoon the joint investigation indicates the fire, which is not believed to be arson-related, started on the terrace area exterior from the Governor's Ceremonial Room.  This area is the location where construction supplies and materials were located.  The origin of the fire is still undetermined.  The fire scene investigation was completed and turned over to the building facilities manager for continued clean up. activity.
 
Preliminary information indicates on August 30, 2008 at approximately 12:35 a.m. at least three calls were received from Willamette University students of a fire on the south side of the State Capitol Building. According to Salem Fire Department, sixteen apparatus and about 30 firefighters responded to the scene. Two OSP troopers assigned to the Capitol Mall Area Command office responded to assist with scene security while Salem firefighters worked for approximately 30 minutes to control the fire that was confined to the exterior and interior in the area of the Governor's ceremonial office.
 
Five janitors inside the building were alerted by a fire alarm and safely exited.
 
There are visible signs of fire damage, as well as smoke and water inside the building on multiple floors.
 
Crews arrived early in the morning to begin cleaning up water, smoke and ceiling tile damage. There is no damage cost estimate at this time. Those estimate figures will be determined by the building's facility managers.
 
The State Capitol Building was to be closed to public access during the holiday weekend. Clean up crews are working to have the building ready for regular business on Tuesday.