- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) - A century-old abandoned hotel burned in Madras last week, and investigators are struggling to figure out why.

The Bulletin of Bend reports (https://bit.ly/1o1CXE1 ) the Madras Hotel and Motel was quite possibly the oldest still-standing commercial building in Madras.

When built, it had a stair-stepping roofline that dropped down toward the rear of the building, and a Moroccan-style stucco facade embedded with abalone shell.

Jarold Ramsey, president of the Jefferson County Historical Society, says the hotel is just the latest in a long line of historic Madras buildings destroyed by fire over the decades.

An initial investigation did not yield a primary cause of the fire.

It is now being investigated by the Madras Police, Oregon State Police, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal.

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