PORTLAND -- A fire at a Southeast Portland used car lot Wednesday morning was likely not set by nearby transients as originally thought, fire officials said.
The fire destroyed a car at the Global Auto Motors lot near Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Crystal Springs Boulevard.
Neighbors heard small explosions as the car burned and saw the flames and smoke from several blocks away. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to other cars.
The owner of the lot claimed the fire was set by transients trying to keep warm nearby and it got out of control. Crews had been called to a similar fire near his lot earlier in the week.
But investigators said Wednesday afternoon it looked as though the fire was intentionally set.
There were no reports of injuries. Damage estimates were not available. The owner told KGW he plans to move to a new location, due to the increased crime in the area.
KGW Reporter Ashley Korslien contributed to this report.