House Fire Suspected as Arson

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A Grants Pass man is suspected of lighting a home he used to live in on fire.

Around 2:30 a.m., crews put out a house fire located on the 1600 block of Allen Creek Road. Police say after officers talked with some neighbors and former home owner, they believe 33 year-old Brian Leach started the fire.

Neighbors say Leach’s home was foreclosed on, but he still continued to live there, even bringing homeless people over. They say they’re not sure why he lit the home on fire, but believe he’s mentally unstable.

“I don’t know him personally or talked to him, but he’s kind of a little weird. I know he’s side-swiped some cars with his motor home and he used to do donuts out here,” said neighbor Ted White.

No one was injured from the fire. Leach was arrested for arson and is lodged at the jail.