Neighbors and community members are encouraged to report any information related to recent fires, unusual activities or suspicious people near the property by calling 503-846-2700.
Over the past week, firefighters and fire investigators contended with three fires in unoccupied structures near the intersection of NW Saltzman and NW Laidlaw roads. Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) owns the structures and property, where a future park is planned. All three fires were quickly extinguished and contained to the structures, which were demolished today. Fortunately no firefighters were injured during fire suppression activities.
Based on burn patterns and material evidence, fire investigators have confirmed all three fires were intentionally set. Washington Country Sheriff’s Arson Detectives are assisting with the continuing investigation and conducting witness interviews and collecting evidence. Sheriff’s Deputies have also increased patrols in the area and THPRD’s Security Officers are making frequent site visits.
Background on Intentionally Set Fires
The first fire was reported on April 22 just before 9pm. Firefighters located an abandoned structure ablaze on a low marshy property and stretched 500’ of hose to defensively extinguish the fire. The fire burned through the roof, which later collapsed.
The second fire came in just after 9pm on April 23 and was reported by a THPRD security guard. Firefighters found and extinguished two small fires in the structure adjacent the fire unit the night before.
The third fire began just before 7pm on April 29. Firefighters arrived to find a structure with substantial flames and smoke showing. Firefighters contained the fire and prevent it spreading to the adjacent wooded area.