Beaverton man helps extinguish stolen car set ablaze near Browns Camp
Oregon State Police seek suspect information
Oregon State Police are asking for the public's help to identify the person responsible for setting a vehicle on fire Thursday evening along a gravel logging road off Highway 6 near Browns Camp.
According to OSP Senior Trooper Mark McDougal, at about 6:40 p.m. Sept. 8, two separate motorists traveling along Highway 6 near milepost 34 saw smoke coming from down a nearby gravel logging road.
The two men, identified as Kevin Randles, 22, of Beaverton and Mitchell Espinoza, 24, of Scappoose, drove up the road and spotted an abandoned vehicle on fire. The blaze was beginning to spread into nearby brush and adjacent wood.
The two men worked together, using water and dirt to extinguish the flames before the fire spread further.
Responding fire personnel from the Banks Fire Department and Oregon Department of Forestry told McDougal that the two men probably averted a potential forest fire. Had the vehicle not been found, the flames would have spread, they reported.
McDougal confirmed the vehicle is an abandoned stolen vehicle.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact McDougal at 503-647-7631 ext. 433.