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People of interest sought in NE Portland fire that burned homes, businesses

The fire damaged several buildings in August. Anyone who recognizes the people is asked to call Portland Fire & Rescue or report it to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Editor's note: Video is from Aug. 27, the day after the fire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Investigators on Thursday released a video and photos showing what appears to be two people of interest in connection with an August fire in Northeast Portland that destroyed two buildings and burned several others.

Anyone who recognizes the people is asked to call Portland Fire & Rescue at 503-823-4636 or report it to Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

The fire, which investigators determined was intentionally set, occurred early in the evening on Aug. 26 in an abandoned driving range near Northeast 85th Avenue and Siskiyou Street. The surveillance video, showing one person of interest, was taken at Northeast 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street minutes before the fire started, Portland Fire & Rescue said.

Watch the video

Authorities are also asking for help identifying a man who appears to be riding a uniquely-colored bicycle. The pictures was captured on area surveillance video.

Credit: Crime Stoppers of Oregon
Person of interest in connection with NE Portland fire on Aug. 26
Credit: Crime Stoppers of Oregon
Person of interest in connection with NE Portland fire on Aug. 26

Wind pushed the fire from the abandoned driving range to the buildings that were damaged. No injuries or deaths were reported, an accomplishment Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone said was “extraordinary.”

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime and tipsters can remain anonymous.  

BACKGROUND: NE Portland fire that destroyed buildings was intentionally set, investigators say