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Police hunt for homeowner after gunshots, house fire

Neighbor says someone fired shots at his house just before firefighters arrived
by: Submitted photo, A house on Southwest Nehalem Lane was damaged by fire Tuesday morning. Police are looking for the homeowner, who disappeared after gunshots were reported in the area. A neighbor found bullet holes in his house.

Beaverton police are looking for a 59-year-old homeowner whose house on Southwest Nehalem Lane caught fire Tuesday morning.

Police said Larry Dykstra, who lives at 6605 S.W. Nehalem Lane, disappeared before firefighters showed up to battle the blaze in his house.

A neighbor across the street told police that someone fired several shots at his house just prior to the fire alarm. The house is directly across the street from Dkykstra's home.

Firefighters were called at about 9:40 this morning to 6605 S.W. Nehalem Lane, where they found heavy smoke and fire coming from one of the homes.

Six crews from Beaverton, Cooper Mountain and Aloha stations were called to the fire. On the way, they were told that Beaverton police were headed to the neighborhood to investigate reports of gunfire in the area.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front door of the two-story, split-level home. They began battling the fire at the front door and second story of the home, while a second crew entered the garage to attack fire in the basement of the home.

Other crews used ladders to get into the second story and fight the fire from there.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in 12 minutes.

After the fire was contained, police learned that the home was not occupied and they could not find Dykstra or his car, a gray 1990 Mazda 323 two-door with Oregon license XBH-303.

Police found the car late this afternoon, but are still looking for Dykstra.

The gunfire victim's home was hit by at least five rounds from a semi-automatic weapon. This homeowner was home at the time but was not injured.

Police are seeking Dykstra as a person of interest in the fire and the shooting.