Swastikas, racist wording painted on vacant building that burned in Junction City
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- New information has surfaced on the investigation of a fire that burned down a vacant building in Junction City.
According to an affidavit obtained through Lane County Circuit Court, Junction City Police conducted a search of the building after the fire on July 9.
Police said they took several items as evidence, including gas cans and a propane tank.
According to the affidavit, a Lane County fire marshal said the explosion in the building was suspicious and an accelerant was used.
Junction City Fire Chief Brandon Nicol also told police he believes the fire was intentionally set.
Chief Nicol said there was a gas can sitting in the middle of the room.
According to the affidavit, police said the building was being remodeled.
There were swastikas and racist wording painted on the vacant building.
Nicol told police the paint smelled fresh.
Police said they also responded last March after the owner, Timothy Devon Huntley, reported he found swastikas on the building.
At the time, police said they found a gasoline-soaked blanket on the west side of the building.
The investigation is ongoing and no suspect has been identified in the case.
“The fire is under investigation and they're still determining the origin and cause of the fire," Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris said. "They are awaiting lab results and are not ruling out the possibility that this is accidental.”