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.
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.