Fire at sex offender treatment center intentionally set

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BEAVERTON, Ore. – A Saturday morning fire at a Beaverton sex offender treatment center was intentionally set, fire investigators said.

A passerby called 9-1-1 just before 8:30 a.m. when they saw smoke coming from the windows and roof of the Center for Behavioral Intervention on Southwest 109th Avenue, which is in a house that was converted to a business.

Firefighters arrived and quickly put out the fire. No one was inside. A Tualatin Valley Fire Investigator determined the fire was intentionally set in the garage, which was being used for storage.

"It looks like we had somebody break in, they ransacked the place and they started a fire in the room where all of the files were kept," said Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

No one stays at the center during the night, Thompson said.

Most of what's burned are records for people who've had a reason to go to the facility for out-patient help.

"There's some high-level sex offenders that come in there for counseling," Thompson said.

Investigators say whoever broke in stole money and used an accelerant to light fires on files and furniture. No one was inside when the fire started.

While investigators are looking into whether someone who visits the clinic might have set the fire, they aren't ruling anything out.

A damage estimate for the building is unknown.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information about the fire to contact them.

KATU News reached out to the clinic's owner Saturday afternoon, but a woman who answered the phone at his home said he wasn't available to talk about the fire.

KATU News reporter Hillary Lake contributed to this story.