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Story by BRENNA KELLY - Story Source
Published on Thursday June 3, 2021 - 10:24 AM
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PORTLAND, Oregon - Fire officials are investigating a series of fires they believe were deliberately set in north Portland Wednesday morning. According to a Portland Fire & Rescue spokesperson, no one was hurt.

Six fires in total erupted in a half-hour period along a stretch of North Interstate Avenue, mainly in the Humboldt neighbourhood. Some were only a couple blocks away from each other.

In the Boise neighbourhood, investigators believe the first fire was set to a van just before 5 a.m. The woman who lives at the house where the van is parked told FOX 12 when she woke up and looked outside, she saw her fence and car were both on fire. She didn't want to show her face on camera or be identified because she feels her family was targeted.

"It's just traumatizing. I mean, to be screaming, "Call 911!' and screaming to get my daughter out of bed and, you know, the pets out of the house, it's just terrifying. It's just so unexpected, and it's just so traumatizing," she said.

The woman saw the flames were feet away from her daughter's room. Everyone's safe, but she said her Eurovan, her only car, is ruined. She said she has no insurance to cover the $25,000 it's worth...



PF&R investigating 6 fires in N. Portland as arson spree


Story by: FOX 12 STAFF

PORTLAND, Oregon - Firefighters responded to half a dozen fires Wednesday morning in north Portland, and now an investigation into all of them has been launched since officials believe they were intentionally set.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the six fires were lit across a roughly two-mile stretch. Both vehicles and structures were set on fire during the morning in a suspected arson spree, PF&R said.

The fires happened at the following locations:

  • The 3800 block of North Borthwick Avenue
  • The 700 block of North Failing Street
  • The 4200 block of North Maryland Avenue
  • The 5000 block of North Interstate Avenue
  • The 5500 block of North Interstate Avenue
  • The 7300 block of North Greenwich Avenue

PF&R provided a map of the fire locations. The fire in the 5500 block of North Interstate Avenue damaged a detached garage. Investigators are currently seeking video footage in the area of the fires as evidence.

Anyone with information on the fires or footage is asked to call 503-823-INFO (4636). PF&R did not release any additional details or suspect information.