Investigators Calling Two Early Morning North Portland Fires "Suspicious"

Portland Fire and Rescue
Portland Fire and Rescue

December 03, 2020 13:40


Two early morning fires in NE Portland have been deemed by suspicious by fire investigators. Lead investigator Lt. Craig Gault said the following “The proximity of time and location seems suspicious but more info is needed.”

The first fire came in at 2:30am. North Portland fire stations were alerted to a fire at a location they had been at before; 5745 NE MLK BLVD, the site of an abandoned car wash. Crews arrived to find some tents and other camping material on fire and spreading to nearby trees. The fire was put out quickly and no injuries were reported.

Two hours later (4:30am) and just two blocks away a fire was reported at 7339 NE MLK BLVD. This fire appeared to start in a dumpster near a food cart pod. The fire spread to trees and a nearby accesory dwelling unit or ADU. The ADU suffered severe damage but firefighters were able to prevent spread to the nearby primary home. No injuries were reported but 4 adults and their pets were displaced by the fire.

Fire investigators are calling on the public for help. They want to know if you have any information about events in the area immediately prior to the fires in both cases. If anyone has information, or home surveillance video of the area near these fires please call our tip-line 503-823-INFO (4636).