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Fire causes estimated $285,000 damage

While the cause of the fire that damaged the Brass Rail Tavern in downtown Troutdale has yet to be determined, investigators have released a damage estimate of $285,000.OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - The Brass Rail Tavern in Troutdale sustained extensive damage in a fire Jan. 19.

A fire broke out at long-running watering hole at 108 E. Historic Columbia River Highway about 3 a.m. Jan. 19, starting in the back portion of the building and causing significant damage.

Crews discovered fire in the basement as well as the upper portion of the tavern.

Todd Keathley, Gresham Fire division chief of emergency operations, said a wall had fallen onto the staircase leading to the basement, and a hole was cut into the roof to help crews fight the early-morning blaze.

Kyle Stewart, lead investigator with Gresham Fire, said the building has been returned to the owners’ control, and the investigation should wrap up soon.

He said officials have been working with a private investigator to determine the cause.