Portland man claims someone set his RV on fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A fire completely destroyed an RV in Southeast Portland Monday morning and the man who lived in it said someone doused him in lighter fluid -- causing the blaze.

However, investigators haven't determined an official cause.

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. near Southeast 89th Avenue and Brooklyn. According to neighbors, the people had been living in the RV, which was parked on the side of the road, for about a month.

Neighbor Julio Montajo said he heard a "big boom" while he was watching TV, which is when he checked his window and saw the "big fire."

"It was catching on fire, it was all the way to the cable," Montajo said. "I just rushed really fast. I just jumped the gate to see what was going on. I know there's people inside or people around it, so I thought somebody was hurt."

By the time Montajo got out, firefighters were already on scene. 

Officials said no one was hurt, but the man who's been staying in the RV with 2 women said it was terrifying.

He told KOIN 6 News that he woke up to 2 men standing over him with a knife. According to him, they demanded a gun -- but he said he doesn't own one. He then said they doused his bed and jacket with lighter fluid and lit the RV on fire.

However, a Portland Police sergeant, who was on scene, said there was no mention of someone being threatened with a knife.

While everyone made it out safely, neighbors said they've been concerned about the activity surrounding this RV for weeks.

Harold Shaw, who lives nearby, said, "Brand new cars going in and out of there all night, I mean why would brand new cars go to a mobile home? We complained to the city and police. Nobody has done a thing."

A Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesperson said they haven't received any RV complaints from this location.

Portland Fire said there were several small explosions through the course of the fire -- likely from aerosol or small camp-stove cans. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The city will have the RV towed as it's considered a hazard. 

KOIN 6 News reached out to Portland Police about receiving any RV complaints, but have not heard back yet.

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