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Woman faces arson charges in SE Portland duplex fire

by: Courtesy of MCSO Justina Eileen Cole faces six arson charges in connection with a Thursday afternoon duplex fire. She was originally identified as Jacinda A. White, but investigators discovered her real identity Friday.

Portland Fire and Rescue investigators have arrested a 26-year-old woman in connection with a Thursday afternoon fire at a Southeast Portland duplex that caused about $150,000 damage to the building.

Investigators arrested Justina Eileen Cole at 8 p.m. Thursday and charged her with six counts of first-degree arson. She is being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center on $1.5 million bail.

When Cole was arrested, she was identified by investigators as 32-year-old Jacinda Ann White. Investigators discovered Friday afternoon that her real name was Justina Cole.

Firefighters were called at about 5:29 p.m. Thursday, April 28, to a duplex at 6325 S.E. 93rd Ave. The first firefighters to arrive found flames coming from the rear of the dwelling.

One of the two units in the building sustained significant fire damage. The other had smoke damage.

A firefighter injured his knee during the incident. He was treated and has returned to duty.

The fire was brought under control at 5:52 p.m. Investigators sifting through debris determined that the fire was intentionally set, leading to Cole's arrest.