Pamplin Media Group – Fire that destroyed 20 homes and condos in 2019 still unsolved


The March 2019 fire was considered human-caused, but not necessarily arson.


More than two years after a fire destroyed a condominium complex in Villebois and ravaged neighboring homes in what investigators called an “incendiary” incident – meaning the fire was started under circumstances in which a person knew that a fire should not be started – they are still looking for the culprit.

In turn, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the International Association of Arson Investigators Oregon Chapter 31 are offering rewards of up to $ 2,500 each for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the author.

The fire on March 31, 2019 destroyed the complex, which was under construction, along with 20 other adjacent houses and 14 cars or trucks.

Jason Chuddy, a public information official for the ATF, said investigators had not yet determined whether the incident constituted arson.

“The investigation has been going on for two years. We have come to the point where we are trying to get more information and that is why we are posting the award notice,” he said.

To tip, which will be kept confidential, contact ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477), This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through its website at atf.gov/contact/atftips. You can also submit tips using the ReportIt® app, available both on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or by visiting reportit.com.

“Tips are extremely important. If anyone has any information of the day, even if they think it was insignificant, please let us know because tiny little pieces add up,” Chuddy said.


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