PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, and one adult have been charged after an investigation into what caused a trestle fire in Sherwood last month.
The August 10 fire destroyed the 85-year-old Portland & Western train trestle.
The three juveniles were not named but officials did name 27-year-old Joshua Deibert, who was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Officials on Wednesday announced the conclusion of their investigation, saying that the fire was caused by careless smoking. Sherwood Police Captain Ty Hanlon said the three boys are friends and all live in Washington County. The kids were smoking and drinking in the area and left when approached by the rail crew. The grass was smoldering and hadn’t caught fire at that time.
They have already been charged with criminal trespassing for being on the rail road property.
KOIN’s Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.