HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with arson and attempted murder in connection with a house fire in Hillsboro that injured two people over the weekend.
Crews were called just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday to the report of a fire at 2071 SE 63rd Avenue, said Lt. Michael Rouches of the Hillsboro Police Department.
Investigators said the fire was set using an accelerant inside a bedroom of the home. The occupants of the bedroom, a 42-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, were awakened by a smoke alarm and forced to exit through a window, Rouches said.
The victims sustained smoke inhalation, minor burns and bumps and contusions due to their hasty escape, he added. They were treated and released from St. Vincent Hospital after being transported via ambulance.
The fire was contained to the bedroom and no other injuries were reported. The 14-year-old boy that lives in the house was found at a mall parking lot nearby. He was arrested for first-degree arson and attempted murder. He was jailed in the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility in Portland. His identity was not released.