TROUTDALE -- Police arrested a suspect after an explosion caused a fire to break out in the garage of a home in Troutdale Saturday.
Authorities were calling the home at 2494 Southwest Hewitt Avenue a crime scene, and 32-year-old Tyler Holmes (pictured in 2004) was taken to the hospital with burn injuries, said Sgt. Steve Bevens with the Troutdale Police Department.
Officers interviewed Holmes at the hospital and arrested him for arson and criminal mischief. He was renting a room at the house for the past four months, Bevens said.
Neighbors said they heard a loud boom that came from the garage and shook the whole house around 11:45 a.m.
Julie Ugarte was outside the home and saw Holmes stumble out of the garage. She put a blanket on him after he fell in the front yard.
"He did appear to be in shock, and was saying things that didn't appear to make a lot of sense," she said.
When flames first broke out, neighbors tried to break down the door and use a garden hose to put out the fire. The heat grew too intense and they were forced back.
Coincidentally, there was a dramatic house fire two doors down in September where a 7-year-old boy was rescued from the second story window.
Some of the same people involved in the rescue helped the fire victim Saturday.
Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire and did not release any more information.