Investigators say fire was intentionally started

Photo Credit: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - Since the June 14 fire, the popular Estacada eatery Bailey's Pub & Grub and Currinsville Store have been boarded up.The fire that consumed popular Estacada eatery Bailey’s Pub & Grub and the next door Currinsville Store has been ruled an arson, according to Fire Marshal Scott Kline.

Kline said fire investigators have determined the late night fire was incendiary, or a fire deliberately set with the intent to cause a fire where a fire shouldn’t be.

On Saturday, June 14, crews responded to the fire shortly after midnight.

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF ESTACADA FIRE DISTRICT - Investigators say the June 14 fire that destroyed the 100-year-old building that housed Bailey's Pub & Grub and the Currinsville Store was deliberately set.Authorities were alerted to the fire when a neighbor called 9-1-1 after smelling smoke and going outside to see the 100-year-old building at 28424 S.E. Eagle Creek Road in flames.

Crews were forced to take a defensive approach to fight the three-alarm fire from outside the building.

The Estacada Fire District reported it took nearly three hours to control the fire.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police, state fire marshal and Estacada Fire Department are looking into the incident.

Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz had opened Bailey's Pub & Grub in the space next to the Currinsville Store on March 17.

The two had long dreamed of opening a restaurant.

In late March, Bradley and Ritz told the Estacada News of the work they put into the space — cleaning it up, refinishing the wood, adding insulation, “searching high and low for the right quality burger,” fine-tuning the menu — all in effort to turn the former bar into a family-oriented restaurant.

They added a new ceiling, floor and several walls to the space before opening.

“It’s pretty disheartening, all the work we put in it, that someone would go and do that,” Ritz said.

She said she didn’t have any information beyond what had been released by the fire marshal and didn’t know who was responsible.

Photo Credit: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - After long dreaming of having their own restaurant, Pam Bradley and Janet Ritz opened Bailey's Pub & Grub on March 17.Ritz noted that she and Bradley have received numerous cards and letters from customers in the wake of the fire.

“All of the kind words we got from the community have been wonderful,” she said.

Since the fire, both the restaurant and store have been boarded up.

But that’s not the end of Bailey’s Pub & Grub.

Ritz said they plan to reopen the restaurant with the same name and menu in mid-September in the old Fir Valley Inn on Highway 211 in Colton.

“We don’t want to change a thing, except our location,” Ritz said.

Ritz said the Bailey’s Pub & Grub Facebook page will be updated once they hammer out the details of their opening date.

*This story was edited on Aug. 6 to include that the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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