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Car Explodes After Suspect Lites it on Fire and Walks Away

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On Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 7:56 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched along with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue to a car fire in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 7700 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.

Multiple people called 911 to report a car was fully engulfed in flames behind the store. Thankfully no one was inside the car. Deputies viewed surveillance video and it showed a subject walking up to the gas tank area of the car with something in hand. A few moments later, there was a large explosion. The subject backed away and the video showed the subject’s hand or arm on fire. The person was able to remove a burning item of clothing and walk away. The fire spread quickly inside the car, which was destroyed.

The arson suspect was wearing a dark hoodie, backpack, and dark pants. If anyone saw a person matching that description in the area at the time, or has information about this crime, call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2700. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes Unit are leading the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office has several detectives with specific training to investigate arson.

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