‘U park, U burn’ signs threaten RVs in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sharon is just trying to make it, taking life one day at a time.

“I barely survive, period,” she said. 

She said she’s been homeless for the last 16 years. She currently lives in an RV with her 2 dogs.

A screenshot of a video showing a RV in flames on Feb. 5, 2018. (Courtesy: Julio Montejo)

“This is my home,” she said.

On Tuesday, you could find her in her RV, just off Northeast Lombard Street — not far from signs saying “U park, U burn.” She’s seen trailer fires before. The threat, coupled with her memory, is enough to scare her. 

“It’s scary. scary, scary,” she said. “It really is.

“I just don’t want to be burned out, and I’m not going to go down that way.”

Portland Police said they’re going to have extra patrols in the area.

The signs appeared about a month after an RV went up in flames in Southeast Portland. The man inside said someone intentionally did it. There isn’t a known connection between that fire and the signs that popped up on Tuesday. 

Raphael Haou lives near where the signs appeared. He hasn’t seen any RVs parked in the area in about a month. He said he’s sympathetic to those with no other housing option.

“With all the resources and all the money they waste on a lot of stuff, we could be taking better care of our folks here,” he said. 

An arson investigator with Portland Fire took the signs and said they’re testing the fingerprints. There aren’t any arson investigations in the neighborhood. 

Sharon hopes it stays that way, as she takes it one day at a time.

Sharon said this RV is her home. (KOIN) 

“We’re just trying to get by,” she said. “I don’t know why they want to make it harder on us.”

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