CANBY, Ore. – Somebody has an infatuation with setting porta potties on fire. At least twelve in town have burned to the ground in the past month.
The latest Monday night came too close to an apartment complex at Northwest 5th and Cedar. Seven porta potties at Eccles Elementary School were set on fire and the heat was enough to blow out a window. It spread to a tree next to the building and could’ve spread even further if crews didn’t get there fast enough.
“We have no idea why they’re burning these or whether it’s a coincidence and it’s three different people. If this is the same person starting these fires, we want to give them some help,” said Battalion Chief Todd Gary.
This is the second time arsonists have hit that same spot. Four portable restrooms set on fire there last week were replaced before meeting the same fate. Another at a different location was set on fire last month.