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Investigators looking into whether arson caused fire in sedan parked at Brookdale Rose Valley

COURTESY PHOTO - A sedan parked at Brookdale Rose Valley Assisted Living in Scappoose remains charred after catching fire Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26. The car fire is under investigation. Fire investigators are trying to narrow down the cause of a fire that started in a parked car at Brookdale Rose Valley Assisted Living in Scappoose.

Firefighters and police responded to the senior facility just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, after the trunk and passenger area of a white, older model sedan was in flames in the parking lot.

"When it first came in, we didn't know if there was someone in the car," Sgt. Dennis Viereck of the Scappoose Police Department said Wednesday. Viereck noted the car belongs to "someone who lives at the facility," but no one was in the car at the time and no injuries were reported.

It's unclear what started the car fire, but witnesses say they believe it was arson. One witness told the Spotlight she saw someone walking through a nearby field before the incident.

The eyewitness told the Spotlight she "observed a teen walking through the parking lot with a skateboard and noticed him by the car." The car had been parked in the lot for a while and needed repairs.

A skateboard was reportedly left in the area near the car, where the employee noticed someone "messing with the car" before smoke appeared and a 911 call was placed.

"We're looking into it and following up on several leads," Viereck noted. A fire investigator with the Scappoose Fire District is investigating the incident.

Fire investigators from Scappoose were not immediately available for comment.

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