11-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson in three area fires
Boy lives near site of fires on July 27, two earlier unreported blazes
Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives recently arrested an 11-year-old boy accused of causing significant arson damage who they believe has started several other fires in the area.
The boy, who lives near the three fires he is suspected of setting, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and transferred to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility, where he is currently held pending trial. The boy faces charges including three counts of first-degree arson, attempted first-degree arson, second-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief.
Deputies responded to assist Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue with an apartment carport fire on July 27. Deputies met with the TVF&R fire marshal at the Canyon Park Apartments at 4200 S.W. 107th Avenue in Beaverton. Deputies found a carport fully engulfed in fire with five vehicles completely burned and 10 others damaged from the intense heat. The vehicle and carport loss damage is estimated to be more than $200,000. Fortunately, there were no injuries from this fire.
A sheriff's detective discovered that a July 27 fire at Canyon Park Apartments at 4200 S.W. 107th Ave. was intentionally set in a recycling area and quickly spread to the carport. During the investigation, the detective discovered there had been two previously unreported fires. The first occurred July 14, where paper was ignited under an exterior gas meter. That fire was quickly extinguished with minor damage. The second unreported fire took place in 2013 in a recycling bin close to a carport area. That fire was also quickly extinguished with minor damage.
After the July 27 blaze, there were apparently two additional unreported fires in the apartment complex. Between Aug. 1 and 10, there was an intentional fire in a bush and another in a bark dust area by some trees. The sheriff's office became increasingly concerned with the suspect's behavior as the fires continued to be intentionally set in areas that potentially placed many people in danger.
In late August, the detective identified an 11-year-old boy as the person suspected of starting all of the fires. The boy lives in the apartment complex in close proximity to the fires.
The sheriff's office urges parents to visit the TVF&R website for educational resources and information.
Anyone who suspects arson or is concerned about public safety is asked to report those concerns to your local law enforcement agency for further investigation.