March 4th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools

Marysville Fire: Investigator Homes in On "Suspicious" Extension Cord

Marysville Fire Courtesy KATU

Fire investigators still have no official word on the cause of the fire that engulfed Marysville K-8 School in Southeast Portland on Nov. 10.

But an internal document from Portland Public Schools shows an independent investigator from EFI Global, Jerry Flowerdew, has focused some attention on one possible source of the blaze -- a "suspicious extension cord."

"Suspicious extension cord"

On Jan. 29, according to the memo above from school officials, Flowerdew said he was testing a suspicious extension cord from the school's Discovery Center, where the fire is said to have started.

No students or teachers were seriously injured in the fire. But the smoke and flames caused an estimated $4 million in damage. Since then, investigators from Portland Fire and Rescue have been working with those from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and independent contractors like Flowerdew to find out what happened.

Five weeks ago, Flowerdew said his probe could take another month to finish, according to the memo. Lt. Allen Oswalt, a spokesman for Portland Fire and Rescue, the public agency ultimately responsible for determining the cause of the fire, says the bureau hasn't determined the source yet.

(Photo of the fire from KATU.)
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