Suspected serial arsonist arrested
A suspected serial arsonist has been arrested for starting some of the most serious fires in Portland in recent years.
Allen Singerhouse, 39, is charged with three counts of first-degree arson. Among other fires, Singerhouse is accused of setting a large and dangerous four-alarm grass fire in Northeast Portland on Aug. 26. That fire burned two businesses, at least five townhomes, 47 parked cars and four acres of brush.
After he was was arrested on Nov. 21, police detectives began tying Singerhouse to other unsolved fires over the years.
Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau held a joint press conference Tuesday morning to detail the arrest of the man they said admitted to causing some of the "most devastating arson crimes to hit Portland in recent memory."
During the Nov. 26 the press conference, police said Singerhouse is also linked to two dumpster fires in the area, including one set at Concordia University.
Detective Meredith Hopper said several tips led them to identify Singerhouse after surveillance footage was made public. About the August fire, Hopper said, "The financial cost of this fire is estimated at over $2 million without including the cost of city resources utilized and the inconvenience to the public."
Fire Chief Sara Boone said, "This prolific arsonist instilled fear throughout the public domain and threatened the welfare of communities across this city with a devastating economic impact. I am proud of the work of the Arson Investigation Unit in finding this suspect and protecting the city."
Investigators believe Singerhouse is responsible for more fires in the Northeast and Southeast Portland, particularly in the area near Southeast 101st Avenue and Southeast Foster Road. Anyone has with information rabiut Singerhouse and his involvement with fires in the Portland area is asked to call the Fire Investigation Hotline at 503-823-4636.
KOIN News 6 is a new partner of the Portland Tribune. Jim Redden contributed to this story.
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