FBI Portland
Beth Anne Steele
(503) 460-8099
January 21, 2015

FBI Offers Up to $5,000 Reward for Information in Apartment Arson

Tips that lead to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or people responsible for a five-alarm fire that consumed a Portland apartment complex could result in a reward of up to $5,000.

The FBI is offering this reward in conjunction with the August 8, 2013 arson at the Monroe Apartments—a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Callers to 9-1-1 reported the blaze to the Portland Fire & Rescue at 4:14 a.m. on this date. Several nearby homes and vehicles also suffered significant damage. Investigators put the damage estimate at $6,070,000.

The FBI is offering the reward at this time in an effort to generate new leads in this investigation. The FBI has been working with investigators from Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Police Bureau, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) since the time of the fire to determine whether those with ties to domestic terrorism groups are responsible for the damage.

Apartment arson on August 8, 2013 at the Monroe Apartments—a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Photo credit: Portland Fire & Rescue.

Apartment arson on August 8, 2013 at the Monroe Apartments—a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Photo credit: Portland Fire & Rescue.

Apartment arson on August 8, 2013 at the Monroe Apartments—a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Photo credit: Portland Fire & Rescue.

Apartment arson on August 8, 2013 at the Monroe Apartments—a 46-unit building that was under construction at 318 NE Monroe Street. Photo credit: Portland Fire & Rescue.

Anyone who wants to report tips about the arson should call the FBI at (503) 224-4181 or Detective Joseph Luiz at (503) 823-3408.