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No progress on Villebois fire investigation; state extends hospital decision

Fire reward offering hasn't borne fruit

In April, the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the International Association of Arson Investigators Oregon Chapter 31 announced that they would each offer a $2,500 reward to those who could provide information on the fire that occurred at a condominium complex in the Villebois community in March 2019.

However, ATF Public Information Officer Jason Chudy told the Spokesman that the agency has not received any tips since the reward was announced. The fire destroyed 20 other adjacent homes to the complex as well as 14 cars or trucks and was deemed to be an "incendiary incident," meaning the fire was ignited under circumstances in which a person knew it shouldn't be. Investigators weren't sure whether it rose to the level of arson. To provide tips, contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at atf.gov/contact/atftips.

"While we haven't gotten the leads that we'd have liked with the reward, we'll still actively pursue any leads we get. Hopefully someone who knows something will come forward, and if someone learns something about the fire then we ask that they bring it to our attention or that of any local law enforcement agency," Chudy wrote via email. "The biggest thing is that we need the public's help on this. Someone knows something and every little piece of information, no matter how trivial they may think it is, can help us solve this."

Psychiatric hospital decision deadline extended

According to state of Oregon spokesperson Jonathan Modie, the Oregon Health Authority extended the deadline for when it would provide a draft recommendation on whether the state should approve NEWCO Oregon's plan for a new psychiatric hospital in Wilsonville. However, Modie did not know when that recommendation, which was initially supposed to come out in June, would be released.

The new hospital would add 100 beds for patients needing psychiatric help and would serve a variety of ages.


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