Vacant house, 13 cars burn in Milwaukie fire

Fire spread to used to car lot near house

A fire at a vacant house spread to cars in Milwaukie, July 11 2017. (KOIN)
A fire at a vacant house spread to cars in Milwaukie, July 11 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A fire at a vacant house spread to a used car lot late Monday night and destroyed 13 cars, causing frustration for the landlord and the dealership.

Clackamas County Fire officials said the vacant house near Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard caught fire and then spread to cars at the nearby Volstice Auto. A fence blocked firefighters from putting out the fire, leaving more time for it to spread.

Authorities said it’s the 3rd fire at that lot in the last year.

A fire at a vacant house spread to cars in Milwaukie, July 11 2017. (KOIN)
A fire at a vacant house spread to cars in Milwaukie, July 11 2017. (KOIN)

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze, but a few people now have to deal with the aftermath.

The woman who owns the land where the home once stood said she’s been trying to evict the man living there for years.

Emilia Messih, the landlord, told KOIN 6 News, “I saw all of the problems he’s causing and I started to think about evicting him. People like this are taking advantage of other people. Hopefully this is the last time.”

Vlanda Willis, who works at Volstice Auto, said due to the damage a few of their employees, including the lot attendant and detailer won’t have jobs for a few days.

The man who lived in the home isn’t facing any charges in regards to the fire, but the investigation is ongoing.