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Photos: 15 Ore. police cruisers torched by arsonist

Photographs provided by the Portland Police Bureau show police cars in flames, including one next to a large propane tank

The Oregonian

PORTLAND, Ore. — Fifteen or more parked police cars were badly damaged in a fire at a training facility early Thursday morning, the Portland Police Bureau said. The bureau said an arsonist set the fire, but it did not announce any arrests.

Portland Fire & Rescue arrived at the scene in the 14900 block of Northeast Airport Way at about 2 a.m. Thursday to find “at least 15 vehicles in a fenced training area were burning,” the police bureau said. Firefighters quickly doused the fire, which did not damage the building on the property.

Photographs provided by the police bureau show police cars in flames, including one next to a large propane tank. Fire investigators are investigating the blaze as “suspected arson fires,” police said.

The fires come as a group of protesters continue to hole up in Portland State University’s main library after breaking in three days ago, despite warnings from the school that it is cooperating with police to end the standoff.

Police ask anyone who has information about the fires to contact Det. Meredith Hopper at or call Portland Fire & Rescue’s tip line: 503-823-3473.

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