Third N. Bethany blaze destroys home
A North Bethany neighborhood that saw two suspicious house fires, 14 days apart, in August experienced a third one Tuesday night, Nov. 21. All the fires occurred within a two-block radius, according to Washington County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Jeff Talbot.
Fire investigators have canvassed the area seeking information from anyone who might have seen anything out of the ordinary.
Talbot said this week's blaze is suspicious in nature and WCSO has had extra patrols in the area since the August fires.
Just after 8:45 p.m., firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue were called to a report of a structure fire near the intersection of Northwest 167th Avenue and Catalpa Street in the North Bethany neighborhood of unincorporated Washington County, north of Beaverton and within the Beaverton School District.
Firefighters from Station 64 arrived to find a large, two-story home, which was under construction, fully-involved in flames. Firefighters began addressing the exterior fire while working to save adjacent homes on either side of the structure. The developers of the property have hired private security since the first two fires. All the fires occurred at night.
The home that burned was in the final stages of construction, and is considered a total loss. TVF&R Capt. Tim Nokes said Wednesday morning "We are looking at the cause of the fire." He added that the homes, though nearly complete, did not have electrical fixtures or outlets, which rules out the possibility of an electrical fire.
TVF&R fire investigators are being assisted by detectives trained in arson investigation from the Washington County Sheriff's office. Additional arriving units supported the efforts to save the surrounding exposures. Tuesday night's fire was contained to one unoccupied home.
This fire remains under investigation, a damage estimate was not immediately available.
TVF&R was assisted on scene by firefighters from Hillsboro Fire and Rescue, the Washington County Sheriff's office, Portland General Electric and Northwest Natural Gas.
Anyone with information on this fire, or the fires that occurred in August is encouraged to call the Washington County non-emergency dispatch line at 503-629-0111.