Arsonist wanted for series of NW Portland fires

Portland Fire & Rescue says several fires were set between 2 - 4 a.m.

Police are looking for an arsonist who set a Jeep Wrangler and other things on fire early Wednesday morning. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Investigators believe one person was behind a series of fires that destroyed property in Northwest Portland early Wednesday morning.

The arsonist set 4 fires between 2-4 a.m., according to Portland Fire & Rescue.

Police are looking for an arsonist who set a Jeep Wrangler and other things on fire early Wednesday morning. (KOIN)
Police are looking for an arsonist who set a Jeep Wrangler and other things on fire early Wednesday morning. (KOIN)

Flames went up in the areas of NW 20th and Wilson, NW 20th and Thurman and NW 20th and Upshur. Shopping carts, a Porta Potty, recycling bins and a 1996 Jeep Wrangler were some of the items found burning when firefighters arrived on scene.

PF&R Lt. Rich Chatman said different engines responded to each of the fires over several hours. It took investigators a while to realize one person was responsible.

Debbie Gunther, who works nearby, told KOIN 6 News she believes the arsonist could strike again. She wants the community to be on high-alert to help catch them.

“We are trying to fix up the neighborhood,” Gunther said. “It’s really sad.”

Anyone with information on the fires should call 503.823.3700.

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