Homeless man escapes unhurt after tent set on fire

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Posted: Nov 17, 2014 3:34 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Officers say somebody poured gasoline or another flammable liquid on a homeless man's tent in Oregon and set it on fire, but the man and his dog scrambled out uninjured.

The Washington County sheriff's office says the 47-year-old man called authorities late Saturday. He told deputies he was asleep when he heard someone outside the tent and called out. He said he heard liquid being poured on the tent, saw it burst into flames and then fled.

Officers said they sent a police dog after the arsonist near the city of Forest Grove, just west of Portland, but the animal found nothing.

The sheriff's office says the man, who wasn't identified, lost his belongings and is staying with friends during the current cold snap. Weekend lows were in the 20s.