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Man arrested in Portland arson fire that charred cars, homes

November 26, 2019
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo smoke rises from a grass fire that has burned at least two buildings and prompted evacuations, and shut down multiple roads in Northeast Portland, Ore. A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot. Authorities said Tuesday, Nov. 26, that 39-year-old Allen Michael Singerhouse also started two other significant blazes. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo smoke rises from a grass fire that has burned at least two buildings and prompted evacuations, and shut down multiple roads in Northeast Portland, Ore. A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot. Authorities said Tuesday, Nov. 26, that 39-year-old Allen Michael Singerhouse also started two other significant blazes. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood in August that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot.

Authorities said Tuesday that 39-year-old Allen Michael Singerhouse also started two other significant blazes.

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.

Singerhouse’s court-appointed attorney, Aubrey Hoffman, did not immediately return a call.

Officials say community tips, including surveillance video from a northeast Portland business, helped detectives identify Singerhouse as the suspect.

Court documents say Singerhouse told police he had started “dozens” of fires.