Street race crash sparks Aloha house fire; neighbors react

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At least one person was injured

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A driver was arrested and another was cited after a supposed street race ended in a crash — causing a house fire in Aloha, according to police.

The crash occurred around 1:15 a.m., near Southwest 167th Avenue and Southwest Division Street after a nearby officer witnessed two vehicles speed racing. Authorities said the speeding cars crashed into a home — sending the residence into flames.

One of the cars, a Lexus, had crashed into the front of the house while the second car, a Honda, crashed into the garage and collided with a parked SUV. Officials say the impact of the Honda likely sparked the fire.

Authorities worked quickly to evacuate two residents inside the home while fire crews extinguished the flames.

The driver of the Honda, identified as 23-year-old Andrez Velasquez of Beaverton, was arrested at the scene. He now faces charges including DUII, reckless driving, third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and reckless endangering.

The driver of the Lexus, a 21-year-old woman who has not been named, was rushed to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. She was issued a criminal citation for charges including DUII, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and reckless endangering.

The passenger of the Honda suffered non-life-threatening injuries. While the people inside the home were uninjured, a cat was found dead and a dog was sent to a local animal hospital.

This is a developing story.

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