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News Release
side view of suspect from overhead security camera
side view of suspect from overhead security camera
Serial Arsonist Active in NE and SE Portland this morning. (Photo) - 09/20/23

Portland Fire seeking help in identifying serial arsonist.

This morning, beginning around 3 AM, a series of suspicious fires began with a fire in the Kerns Neighborhood of NE Portland at the corner of NE 28th and NE Sandy Blvd. From this location, approximately 10 fires were ignited as the arsonist moved in a southernly direction with fires occurring in many other neighborhoods ending with a fire in the Hosford-Abernathy Neighborhood at just after 7 AM.

The PF&R Fire/Arson Investigations Unit, along with their Accelerant Detection Canine Team responded immediately and began investigating this string of fires. Evidence collected at the scenes has led investigators to believe these fires are the work of a serial arsonist. Please see the accompanying photos of potential suspect and associated map of possible fire starts and cross reference this to any security cameras associated with your home or business. If you discovered a fire in this geographic area and the fire department did not respond, also please contact Lt. Jason Andersen at 503-823-3787 directly if you feel you have captured this subject on video and can help Portland Fire & Rescue track the subject down.

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