Arson Investigation Into Motorhome Explosion


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Arson investigators are asking for public assistance investigating an arson explosion that damaged an occupied recreational vehicle in the Sunderland Neighborhood.

On Monday, April 18, 2022 at 4:47a.m., Portland Fire and Rescue (PF&R) was dispatched to a report of an RV on fire on Northeast 33rd Avenue south of Northeast Sunderland Avenue. Firefighters arrived and discovered that community members had put out the fire with fire extinguishers.

They learned that an explosive device had caused the damage. They notified Arson Investigators from PF&R and Portland Police, who responded to the scene. Preliminary information suggests that a suspect or suspects in a large yellow box truck, possibly a moving-style rental truck, drove by and threw or rolled an explosive device under the RV. At the time of the explosion, one female adult was inside. She was unhurt.

PPB and PF&R are requesting any information, witness accounts, video, or photos that would assist with the investigation. If anyone has information please reference case number 22-102510 and call the tip line 503-823-FIRE or e-mail Detective Meredith Hopper at Meredith.Hopper@portlandoregon.gov .


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