Arson Suspected In City Hall Fire 9-15-2010 - KPTV - FOX 12

Arson Suspected In City Hall Fire 9-15-2010

Local and federal investigators are searching the charred remains of the city hall building in Mill City for clues to a fire suspected of being arson.
One city worker suffered serious injuries in Monday's blaze. Investigators still don't know the cause, but Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller said it is suspicious.
A Portland Fire Bureau arson-detection dog arrived Tuesday, said Paul Corah, a spokesman for the bureau.
Joy Cronin, 46, the town's finance clerk, was transported to the burn center at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland, Mueller said. Mill City Mayor Roel Lundquist tells KPTV that Cronin was near the building late Monday and noticed a light on.
She was burned in an explosion as she approached the employee entrance. Several residents called 911 to report the explosion. City leaders said they're concerned about city documents such as water and budget records. The mayor said records were kept in a fireproof storage area, but he doesn't know how they fared.
"At this stage, the area is all taped off," Lundquist told The Oregonian. "I am sure it's a total loss."
Lundquist said he's working on finding a temporary home for city government.
"Our immediate goal is to get back in operation as soon as possible," he said.
Mill City has a population of about 1,600. It's southeast of Salem on the North Santiam River.
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