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Madras Law Firm Tries to Recover After Arson

MADRAS, OR -- A Madras law firm continues to recover after fire heavily damaged its downtown office over Memorial Day weekend. Tim Gassner, a partner at Glenn, Reeder and Gassner, says the arson investigation is ongoing, "It has been determined to have been arson, and it's still under investigation at this time; and I can't really comment beyond that."


He says the fire was contained to the first floor and didn't reach spaces where records are kept, but a lot of other property was lost, including some rare books in a conference room, "There was volumes of the Oregon Court Reports, and we had some in there that date back to the 1800s, and those may well be irreplaceable."


Gassner tells KBND News the damage forced the company out of its building at 5th and D Street, which has housed a law office since 1934, "We're still in the process of working with our insurers to determine the full extent of the damage to the building and contents, and we anticipate and are hopeful that we will be able to once again occupy that space once the damage has been repaired." But, he says, they've found a temporary location, "We are almost all the way up and running at this point in time, and so we're welcoming all our clients to come in and meet with us as needed, and we are welcoming new clients, as well."

Madras Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen something suspicious on May 25. There have been no arrests.

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