3 Bethany house fires under investigation

All 3 homes were under construction and unoccupied

Three homes under construction in Bethany were destroyed by fires on August 16 and August 27. (KOIN)

BETHANY, Ore. (KOIN) — For the second time in less than 2 weeks, fire destroyed 2 newly-built homes in a North Bethany development immediately next to the previous fire, according to fire officials.

A contractor on his way to work at 5 a.m. Sunday spotted the fire near NW 169 and Madrone. A Washington County deputy quickly arrived followed soon by TVF&R crews.

Fire destroyed this home at near NW 169 and Madrone in Bethany, August 27, 2017 (TVFR)
Fire destroyed 2 homes at near NW 169 and Madrone in Bethany, August 27, 2017 (TVFR)

The homes were completely engulfed and crews searched nearby homes to make sure no one was inside.

Dozens of firefighters contained the blaze and protected 4 homes, officials said. The neighborhood features newly built or almost built homes but they are not occupied.

No one in the homes were injured, but a fire

fighter left the scene after showing signs of exhaustion.

The previous fire on August 16 remains under investigation. That fire began at 12:53 a.m. with heavy flames coming from the roof and side of the large home.

Officials did not say whether there is any connection between the fires but investigators are working to determine what caused them.

“They have brought out an arson dog to see whether or not accelerants were used and whether or not this and the fire on August 16th were intentionally set,” Cassandra Ulven with TVF&R  said.

The developer building the houses told KOIN 6 News there would be a “heavy presence” at the property for surveillance with enhanced sheriff patrols and private security.