Investigators say arson caused fire in which man hospitalized trying to save dog

Investigators say arson caused fire in which man hospitalized trying to save dog

OREGON CITY, Ore. - An Oregon City man went to the hospital with smoke inhalation after he tried to save a dog from a house fire early Saturday morning.

Investigators said they believe the fire was set intentionally, causing about $80,000 in damage.

Just after midnight Saturday, Clackamas County firefighters responded to the home off Highway 213 and Conway Drive. They found heavy smoke billowing out the front.

A man inside woke up a woman and a girl, both of whom got out safe. One dog also made it out of the house, but another was still inside.

Firefighters said the man went back into the home to save the dog, but couldn’t. The dog did not survive.

The building is still standing, but crews said it will need extensive repairs before anyone can move back in. The people who live there told firefighters they have family to stay with, so the Red Cross was not called.

Investigators will work to determine what caused the fire.