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November 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Portland homeless man escapes after tent is set on fire

PORTLAND — Officers say somebody poured gasoline or another flammable liquid on a homeless man’s tent and set it on fire, but the man and his dog were uninjured.

The Washington County sheriff’s office says the 47-year-old man called police late Saturday.

He told deputies he was asleep near Forest Grove when he heard someone outside the tent and called out. He said he heard liquid being poured on the tent, saw it burst into flames, and fled.

Officers said they set a police dog after the arsonist, but found nothing.

The sheriff’s office says the man, who was not identified, lost his belongings and is staying with friends during the current cold snap.

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