Police: Troutdale house fire was arson; suspect arrested

Police: Troutdale house fire was arson; suspect arrested
Gresham firefighters said the house fire was suspicious. Police arrested one of the tenants on one count of arson. (KATU photo)

TROUTDALE, Ore. – Police arrested a Troutdale man who they said purposely set fire to a house where he rented a room on Saturday.

Tyler Holmes, 32, was taken to a hospital with burn injuries after the fire at 2494 SW Hewitt Ave., police said.

It happened Saturday at around 11:30 a.m. Gresham firefighters said the fire was suspicious and police were called to investigate.

Police interviewed Holmes at the hospital and arrested him. He faces one count of arson in the first degree and one count of criminal mischief.

Police said Holmes was issued a criminal citation to appear in court and released. He is still in the hospital getting treatment for his injuries.

Holmes had rented a room at the home for 4 months, police said.