Sex Offender Accused of Arson in Medford Motel Fire

A structure fire at the Sis-Q motel in downtown Medford damaged multiple rooms and displaced 10 people, according to fire officials at the scene.

Posted: Oct 4, 2018 4:52 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2018 6:11 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. —

UPDATE: A fire at the Sis-Q Motel in Medford on Tuesday was the result of arson, according the Medford Police Department (MPD). The man suspected of starting the fire is in police custody.

MPD said that officers responded along with firefighters from Medford Fire and Rescue just after 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday after reports of a structure fire. They found Room 114 on the second floor of the motel "fully engulfed."

Emergency services evacuated all of the rooms in the motel, finding six people who were inside when the fire started. However, the resident of Room 114, a Jesus Garcia, was not present when they arrived.

Just a few hours after the fire, law enforcement arrested 34-year-old Jesus Ernesto Garcia in Central Point for a Parole Violation due to Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. When Garcia was interviewed in jail, MPD said that he admitted to purposefully starting the fire.

Although no one was injured in the fire, MPD said that the motel was "heavily damaged."

Garcia is now charged with First Degree Arson and Parole Violation - Failure to Register Sex Offender. He is being held without bail.

(Updated 10/4/18 at 4:40 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: A structure fire at the Sis-Q motel in downtown Medford damaged multiple rooms and displaced 10 people, according to fire officials at the scene.

Flames were pouring from a window in the middle of the building when firefighters arrived around 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday. After crews knocked down the flames, they found that two or three of the rooms were damaged.

Crews shut down Riverside Avenue for about 30 minutes in order to let firefighters work on the fire.

No one was injured in the fire, and the American Red Cross responded to help the 10 people displaced.

Investigation on the fire's cause remains ongoing.

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