‘Malicious act of arson’: PPS decries destruction at admin building


Portland Fire & Rescue Station 3 in Northwest Portland, December 24, 2019 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three vehicles near the Portland Public Schools administration building were set on fire early Saturday morning, Portland Fire and Rescue said.

Fire officials Tweeted at around 4:18 a.m. Saturday that they were able to quickly extinguish the flames at 501 N Dixon Ave.

PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero released a statement on the destruction, saying the vandalism occurred “overnight” and that it included “multiple district vehicles being set on fire.”

In addition to food delivery trucks and maintenance vans being destroyed, Guerrero said office windows were smashed and graffiti was sprayed painted on the building.

“While I am relieved that no one was hurt and there was no further damage to the building, this malicious act of arson and property destruction last night was criminal and it has no place in our community,” he said. “This was an attack on our city’s public school system.”

Although the building sprinkler system was activated, the fire did not extend into the structure, officials said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fires is under investigation by Portland Fire and Rescue.

“This act of violence will not deter us from our commitment to educating our students, providing them meals, or any of the other work we are privileged to carry out every day in support of students and families,” Guerrero said.

This is a developing story. KOIN 6 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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