Arson Investigation Underway After Car Fire Outside City Commissioner's Home

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January 12, 2024 12:45


An arson investigation is underway after a car fire at the home of City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez.

On Friday, January 12, 2024 at 1:34a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) responded to a car on fire in the Eastmoreland Neighborhood. The car was parked and unoccupied. Firefighters extinguished the fire, and no one was injured.

Information at the scene suggested that the fire was intentionally set. PF&R requested a Fire Investigator and Portland Police. Central Precinct officers responded to the scene and assisted with the initial investigation. They determined that the vehicle, a white 2024 Honda Accord, was parked on the street in front of Portland City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez’s home and it belonged to the commissioner’s family member. The car was destroyed by the fire.

No arrests have been made and no suspect information is available for release.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit is investigating this case. If anyone has information about this arson case, please contact Portland Police Detective Meredith Hopper at or call the PF&R Fire Investigation Unit’s tip line, 503-823- FIRE (3473). Please reference PPB case number PP24-9217 and PF&R case number RP24-4159.

The Portland Fire Investigations Unit comprises fire investigators with Portland Fire & Rescue, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and a detective with the Portland Police Bureau. The collaboration leverages the specialized training and skills needed to investigate fires, including analysis equipment and accelerant detecting dogs.



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