Last week’s fire at the former La Bu La Restaurant has been officially labeled as "suspicious" by investigators from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s office and the fire investigation unit of the Oregon State Police.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Director Jim Langborg shared the information in a brief statement to the media, updating the community on the status of the investigation into the cause of the March 1 fire, which gutted the building at 1073 Highway 101.
First responders from Gardiner and Reedsport, with back-up from Mapleton Fire Department, assisted Siuslaw Valley Fire in the containment efforts at the site, which continued for several hours.
The area remains cordoned off, both to protect the public and to allow a continuation of the investigation, which Langborg said is ongoing.
The scene continues to be unsafe at this time and no one should approach the site.