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Jack Edward Vadorin Young
Jack Edward Vadorin Young
PPB and PF&R Arson Investigation Squad Make Arrest in String of Downtown Fires (Photo) - 03/11/19

At approximately 5:30pm last night multiple downtown PF&R and PPB responders were notified to be on the lookout for an adult male that had set several fires around the downtown area. Jack Edward Vandorin Young was arrested later that night and charged with two counts of Arson One (each count carries a possible nine year sentence). Members of the PF&R Arson Investigation Squad and PPB had been tracking Mr Young from surveillance footage dating back to March 1 in connection with multiple false fire alarm activations. Then beginning on Friday March 8-10th it’s believed Mr Young started over 20 fires.

March 8 &9th

  • 9-10 fires in the west downtown area.

March 10

  • 625 SW Jackson- mattress next to a building, investigators discovered several recent active sets while investigating this attempt.
  • SW 10th& Washington- several recycling and garbage bins set on fire near food carts. Some evidence suggests he may have been attempting to light a food cart on fire.
  • SW 10th & Broadway- an elevator was loaded with combustible material and set on fire.


On the evening of March 10 both PPB and PF&R units were on the search for Mr. Young with coordination from PF&R Arson Investigation Squad. Mr. Young was identified at SW 17th & Alder, arrested and is currently being held at Multnomah County Jail.

Attached Media Files: Jack Edward Vadorin Young
Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to a House Fire (2500 Block of SE 87th) - 03/10/19

This afternoon at 12:54 pm Portland Firefighters were called to the 2500 block of SE 87th. When they arrived fire crews reported a fence on fire with flames moving into the attic of a nearby house. Firefighters searched the house for trapped occupants while working to extinguish the fire.

No one was found inside and the fire was extinguished quickly. There were no injuries associated with this fire. A fire investigator was called to determine the cause of the fire. This release will be updated when the cause of this fire has been determined. 

PF&R credits several neighbors who saw the fire and called 911. Their quick action helped firefighters to minimize the spread of this fire. 

Portland Fire responds to Apartment fire in NW Portland - 03/07/19

Just after 8:30p Fire crews responded to reports of an apartment fire on the corner of NW 5th & NW Glisan. Upon arrival, fire was showing from a third floor window with reports of a person inside. 

As crews made their way in to fight the fire, they encountered a male victim and removed him outside to awaiting medics. A second victim was found walking outside complaining of smoke inhalation. Both patients have been transported to area hospitals.

The fire was contained to the room of origin and investigators are on scene working to determine the cause.

Due to cold weather, Tri-Met buses have been called to the scene to provide warming shelters for residence who had to evacuate while crews finish up on scene.


Tremaine Clayton | Assistant PIO

Portland Fire & Rescue

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Phone :503.823.3700 | Mobile: 503.853.6235

Email: emaine.clayton@portlandoregon.gov">tremaine.clayton@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to House Fire in SE Portland - 03/04/19

This morning at 1:42 am, Portland Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a two story residential fire at 2015 SE Clinton Ave. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire in an attached garage that was possibly beginning to burn into the home. Fire crews began extinguishing the fire and within five minutes of their arrival, another fire crew had completed a search of all floors of the smoke-filled house. They confirmed that all occupants were safely out of their home.

Due to concerns about the fire’s rapid fire growth through the walls and into the attic, the Incident Commander initiated a second alarm at 2:03 am, bringing an additional 11 apparatus and an additional 31 PF&R responders to the fire scene for assistance. Upon further investigation, no fire was found in the attic and the second alarm companies were sent back to their stations.  

The fire was contained to the attached garage and the adjacent laundry room and had not extended further into the house. The fire was determined to be fully under control at 2:31 am. There were no injuries to any occupants of the house or firefighters on scene.

Due to collapse risk in the involved garage hindering investigation of this fire, the cause is undetermined at this time. Total damage is estimated to be $150,000. Red Cross was called to assist the two displaced adult occupants.

Properly working smoke detectors awoke the occupants of this house, after which they discovered the fire in their attached garage. PF&R reminds Portlanders to check their smoke detector batteries this March 10th when clocks are set forward for daylight savings time. Additionally, remember to keep interior garage doors closed to prevent fire spread and to “get out, stay out” of a residence in the event of smoke or fire.

Attic Fire in a North Portland Apartment Building Displaces Two Families - 02/23/19

At approximately 8:00 p.m., fire crews responded to smoke in an apartment building located at 5224 N. Vancouver Ave.  After arriving they found heavy smoke in the attic.  They called for additional fire crews to assist in the fire fighting effort.  Crews quickly contained and extinguished the fire in the attic.  Two families were displaced due to damage to their apartments.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  There were no injuries.  

Portland Fire and Rescue would like to remind residents on the importance of working smoke detectors to alert them of smoke or fire.  For more info go to: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/379129

Portland Fire and Rescue responds to an apartment fire in SE Portland - 02/22/19

At 3:35 today Portland Fire and Rescue responded to the report of an apartment on fire at 615 SE 160th Ave. When they arrived they found fire showing from the windows of a second story apartment. Crews were quickly able to extinguish the fire. Two occupants of the apartment were evaluated on scene and were not transported to the hospital. The upstairs apartment was heavily damaged by fire and the lower unit sustained water damage. Three occupants of the apartment were displaced by the fire and Red Cross is assisting them. A fire Investigator was called to the scene and determined that the cause of the fire was a smoking material that ignited a bed on fire.

Portland Fire and Rescue would like to remind people to use caution with cigarettes and ensure that they are disposed of properly.