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Neighbors Worry About More Arson Fires

ssa hot noteMEDFORD, Ore. – Police suspect that four more arson fires were set between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in areas around south Medford, including a large fire that burned through empty fruit crates.

The most serious of the four fires began at about 3:30 a.m. in the 600 block of South Fir Street. That fire burned through some plastic containers and wooden fruit crates before it was contained. No one was hurt.

Police think three other small fires were deliberately set, including a fire in the doorway of Beavertooth Oak, also on South Fir Street. Witnesses saw someone leave the area shortly before that fire began, and gave a description to police. He is described as a white man, 5-foot-11-inches tall, with dark shoulder-length hair. He was wearing dark pants, a light brown, short-sleeved shirt, and a dark beanie hat. Police believe he is responsible for the fire at the Beavertooth Oak offices.

Neighbors living near the fires said they want to see a suspect caught.

“It’s not just a safety issue for the downtown buildings, it’s a safety issue for people,” said Chris Wapniarski, who owns Rogue Print. He could see the damage from the fruit crate fire from his front office door along Central Avenue. “Someone could be hurt, someone could be killed.”