Suspect arrested for burning down century-old Portland church


A suspect in Tuesday’s arson attack at a 117-year-old Portland church is in custody.

Cameron David Storer, 25, faces four charges, including two counts of first-degree arson, one count of second-degree arson and two counts of second-degree robbery, the office said. Multnomah County District Attorney in press. Produce. During the interview, Storer asked to be called “Nicoletta.”

Portland Fire and Rescue responded to a report of a fire at the Portland Korean Church at the corner of SW 10th Avenue and Clay Street on Tuesday around 5:30 p.m. Ten minutes later, the south side of the church, engulfed in flames, was partially collapsed and the roof was in danger of falling.

The church had to be demolished.

Later, it was found that the outside of the building was on fire, and a nearby house was evacuated. NBC affiliate KGW reported that 8 homes were saved.

“Amazing job by the people who came,” Portland Fire and Rescue spokesman Rick Graves told KGW 8 in reference to the home rescue.

“They entered the house and are fighting the church fire from an elevated position near the window of the house,” he added.

The response required 12 fire trucks, six ladder trucks, four battalion commanders and 75 Portland Fire and Rescue personnel.

Storer was arrested the next day and confessed to intentionally burning down the church.

“Storer said he had heard voices saying they were going to ‘blow up’ Storr if he didn’t burn down the church and had planned it the day before,” prosecutors said.

Storer also admitted to using ten oxycodone a day due to a previous injury and claimed to have a history of schizophrenia.

The historic Korean church was not used for more than a decade after the congregation moved to a nearby town. New York Post. The structure was built in 1905 and was known at one time as the First German Evangelical Church.

Portland Fire and Rescue said vandals began tearing down the church structure on Friday.

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