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Fire officials investigating possible arson at new Umpqua Health building

Umpqua Health officials said the fire shouldn't change their expected move-in sometime this fall.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 5:15 PM
Updated: Jun 21, 2018 5:36 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- An early-morning fire at what will become the new Umpqua Health building on Newton Creek in Roseburg is being investigated as arson.

Around $50,000 in damage was done to the building, which is valued at $5.75 million.

Police said the fire was spotted by officers who were in the area near the construction site around 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

Roseburg Police and Douglas County Sheriff's deputies jumped into action and began trying to control the fire using at least four fire extinguishers and a hose.

Details on the investigation are limited at this time, but Sergeant Gary Klopfenstein said what investigators have seen is suspicious.

“The investigation is ongoing, so I can’t disclose too much. But I can say that there were indicators that the fire might have been set,” Klopfenstein said.

Umpqua Health broke ground on the building in June of 2017.

Officials with Umpqua health told us that despite the fire, they still expect to finish up the work sometime this fall.

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