- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - Washington County authorities say an 11-year-old boy has been accused of starting several fires, including one that destroyed or damaged 15 cars in a carport at a Beaverton apartment complex.

Sgt. Bob Ray, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, says the boy lives in the apartment complex and is being held at a juvenile detention facility.

The carport fire broke out July 27, quickly spreading from a recycling area. The damage was estimated at $200,000.

Investigators said they learned of four other fires at the complex, including one beneath an exterior gas meter. Ray said they were generally set by igniting paper. Only minor damage was reported, but investigators said they were in areas that could have put many people in danger.

The juvenile faces arson and criminal mischief charges.

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