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Sheriff Mike Reese says fire sprinkler system put out protesters' fires, but caused extensive water damage.

VIA MCSO - Protesters stormed the Multnomah County Justice Center on Friday, May 29 in downtown Portland, causing extensive damage, authorities say. Authorities say rioters in Portland caused extensive damage to the Multnomah County Justice Center after they stormed the building around 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Protesters smashed windows, security doors, spray-painted graffiti and overturned a printer before chucking flares and "other incendiary devices" into the ground-level offices used for recordkeeping by corrections staff, according to a news release.

Those working evacuated to a secure area inside the building, per an official statement. The building's fire alarm was tripped and ceiling sprinklers doused the fires. The sprinklers also caused "extensive water damage."

"I am incredibly disappointed in Friday night's actions that put staff, adults in custody and the public in extreme risk," Sheriff Reese said. "This could have had tragic consequences in a corrections setting."

The Justice Center on Southwest Third Avenue houses the Multnomah County Detention Center jail as well as the headquarters and executive offices of the Portland Police Bureau.

Officers continue to investigate, and have said they will "hold people accountable for the destruction caused."

A spokesman for Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said he did not have a damage estimate as of 7 a.m. Saturday.


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