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19-year-old facing arson charges for Forest Grove house fires

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Suspected arson fire on 9th Avenue in Forest Grove (Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue) Suspected arson fire on 9th Avenue in Forest Grove (Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue)
Suspected arson fire on Hawthorne Street in Forest Grove (Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue) Suspected arson fire on Hawthorne Street in Forest Grove (Photo: Forest Grove Fire & Rescue)
Henry Gulacy, jail booking photo Henry Gulacy, jail booking photo
FOREST GROVE, OR (KPTV) -

A 19-year-old was arrested on charges of first-degree arson in connection to two house fires in Forest Grove.

Police arrested Henry Gulacy at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The month-long investigation began when firefighters responded to the 2100 block of Hawthorne Street on Aug. 28.

A family of five woke up to a smoke alarm at 4:30 a.m. They managed to escape, but the 100-year-old home was destroyed.

Firefighters said there was a back draft explosion that sent fire throughout the house, and crews could only fight the flames from the outside.  

At 11 p.m. Sept. 17, another home was damaged by fire in the 2300 block of 9th Avenue. The home was unoccupied and there were no reports of injuries.

Evidence led investigators to identify Gulacy as a person of interest in both fires. Extensive surveillance was conducted on Gulacy by Forest Grove Police Department detectives and the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team, leading to his arrest.

A possible motive for starting the fires was not revealed by police. Detectives said more charges are possible for Gulacy.

Anyone with information about Gulacy or recent fires in Forest Grove is asked to call detectives at 503.992.3260.

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