Teen charged in NE Portland fire caused by illegal fireworks

Multnomah County

The suspect was charged as a juvenile

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 17-year-old suspect now faces charges related to a July 5, 2018 fire caused by illegal fireworks, said Portland Fire and Rescue on Friday.

PF&R were the first responders to the apartment fire on NE Garfield just before 4 a.m. that Friday morning. Crews arrived to find the blaze quickly spreading across the complex.

At least 4 people were injured early Friday morning in a 3-alarm fire in Northeast Portland, July 5, 2019. (KOIN)

There were ten people inside the building at the time. Multiple people suffered from smoke inhalation and other heat-related injuries, including two people who were forced to jump out of a third story window. One of those victims suffered serious injuries from the leap. Firefighters attacked the blaze for nearly an hour that day.

Investigators received reports that illegal fireworks were seen and heard at the complex in the moments leading up to the fire. After a months long investigation, Portland Police and the Portland Fire Investigations Unit said they identified a person they believe was responsible for the fireworks used that night.

The 17-year-old suspect, who was not identified, was charged as a juvenile with reckless endangerment, and the possession and use of illegal fireworks.

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