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Car catches fire at Beaverton apartment complex, police investigating as arson

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After a 911 caller reported hearing an explosion in Beaverton, firefighters found a car on fire early Friday morning. Now, police are investigating the fire as an arson. 

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue responded about 4:30 a.m. to the Beaverton Apartments, located on Southwest Erickson Avenue, after receiving a report of an explosion.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found a 2006 Subaru Legacy on fire in the parking lot.

Tenants at the Beaverton Apartments said they were woken up by a loud boom.

"I thought something was going on, maybe a gun," Melissa Kress told FOX 12.  "And next thing I know, I hear ‘fire, fire!’ So, I unlock my door and grab my phone and sweater and run out of the house." 

Kimberly White told FOX 12 she was woken up by the explosion as well saying, “And then I heard, ‘Leave it, it’s a gas fire!’ And before I knew it, I was at the door looking outside yelling 'run, fire, go, go, go!' And I guess I packed up my cat in five seconds.”

There was concern the flames could spread to the nearby apartments, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before that.

The fire did do some damage to the siding. 

No one was injured in the fire and an investigator is working on determining a cause of the fire.

“Witnesses tell us that this car just so happened to be parked outside of its space and here in the driveway. But, if it had been pulled in like many of the others, it may have been a different story," police said.

Beaverton police told FOX 12 that the fire is being investigated as an arson after video surveillance showed "a suspicious person in the area and around the car."

"You don’t know, you don’t know, when things are on fire how fast it spreads," White said.

Officers said there was no suspect description currently to release due to the video quality. 

Police are asking anyone who has information regarding the fire or any suspect information to call 503-629-0111. 

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