December 26, 2020 11:05
***An arrest was made in this case by Portland Fire & Rescue's - Fire Investigations Unit.***
Andre Williams has been taken into custody and charged with the following-
***This case is still currently under investigation. Further details will be released, as needed.***
Portland Fire & Rescue investigators are asking for the public’s help with any information related to a series of fires that happened early this morning. Downtown crews were sent to these fires between the hours of 1am and 4am today. Specific details are not being shared regarding the ongoing investigation but what is being shared is the time of day and the area which is NW 17th Ave to NW 23rd Ave and between Nw Lovejoy St. to W Burnside St.
These fires were relatively easy for crews to handle but they appeared to be attempts at burning down both commercial buildings and occupied apartment buildings. A suspect has been arrested and investigators feel confident that the threat to residents in the area has been handled. Now they need establish what exactly happened in these early morning hours.
If anyone observed strange activity or have photos or videos to share with investigators they would like you to call their tipline 503-823-INFO (4636).