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Man pleads not guilty to Portland arson fires

December 3, 2019 GMT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to multiple arson charges stemming from fires authorities say caused devastating damage in Portland, Oregon.

KOIN reports that Allen Singerhouse’s attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday on his behalf.

It is alleged that the 39-year-old Singerhouse started two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood in August that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot.

He was arrested Nov. 21 on charges of first- and second-degree arson.

Smoke from the Aug. 26 blaze could be seen for miles and it caused an estimated $2 million in damages. It also forced the evacuation of multiple homes.