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Klamath County man accused of setting fire to trailer following dispute

Officers arrested a man suspected of arson on Monday evening as firefighters responded to stop the fire from spreading.

Posted: Jul 7, 2020 10:46 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Officers arrested a Klamath County man on Monday evening after he allegedly set fire to a trailer following a dispute, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the 7400-block of Hager Way near Klamath Community College around 5:30 p.m. for a reported arson. When officers arrived, witnesses told them that the fire was started by Robert Lee Martinez after an argument.

An off-duty reserve officer with the Malin Police Department spotted Martinez leaving the home and was able to detain him with the help of KCC campus security.

Meanwhile, firefighters from Klamath County Fire District 1 and support units from Kingsley Fire worked to suppress the fire, which had spread from the trailer to nearby structures, KCSO said.

Martinez was taken to the Klamath County Jail on charges of Arson in the First Degree, two counts of Arson in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Reckless Burning.

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