Thunderbird fire probe continues in Portland

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Investigators are still looking into what caused the five-alarm fire that destroyed the vacant Thunderbird on the River hotel in Jantzen Beach.

Local personnel with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Portland Fire & Rescue officials are processing data and interviewing people, said Lt. Joseph Troncoso, a spokesman for Portland Fire & Rescue.

"There's really not a whole lot new (to report)," he said, adding the investigation is still a top priority.