If anyone has photos of the fire or any information on how it started, they should contact Portland Fire & Rescue at 503-823-3700 or FireMarshal@portlandoregon.gov.
Getting to the bottom of what caused the five-alarm fire at the vacant Thunderbird on the River hotel on Sunday will probably take at least a week, officials said Tuesday.
A team of 30 specialists from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined Portland police and firefighters on Tuesday to investigate the cause of the fire. The specialist team includes fire investigators, explosive experts, forensic mappers, electrical engineers, forensic chemists and others who are specifically trained to work fire and explosive scenes.
In a related matter, KGW-TV and The Oregonian reported that the owner of the hotel, Thunderbird Hotel LLC, owes back taxes of $1,123,801.02 to Multnomah County.
Multnomah County officials could not confirm to The Columbian that back taxes are owed, but county records show these were the amounts Thunderbird Hotel LLC owed for the past four years: