North Portland fires investigated as arson


Anyone with possible security footage is urged to contact investigators

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland Fire & Rescue said six fires that broke out in North Portland Wednesday morning were acts of arson.

The fires were set to different vehicles and structures in the area of North Borthwick Avenue, North Falling Street, North Maryland Avenue, North Greenwich Avenue — along with two different fires on North Interstate Avenue, according to PF&R.

KOIN 6 spoke with the owner of George’s Bar and Grill, one of the businesses damaged by the fires.

“Just as we’re getting ready to reopen then, bam! We get hit with this,” said Dave Harmsen. “We’ll live to fight another day, and we’re still open, but we’re gonna lose part of our patio for a while. With the Blazers game coming up Thursday, it’s like, really? You’re going to do this to me now?”

Harmsen told us neighboring security footage caught a person leaving the scene. PF&R did not immediately provide suspect information.

Anyone in the area with possible video footage is urged to contact investigators. Please call 503.823.4636 with any information or video footage. 

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