Suspect for arson
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REEDSPORT -- Police have arrested a Reedsport man on one count of first-degree arson.

Joshua Michael Palmer, 25, was taken into custody Friday at 1:25 a.m. according to Douglas County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Brad O'Dell.

"Additional charges are expected," O'Dell said.

Palmer was arrested at the scene of the house fire. Fire departments rushed to the scene Thursday. The fire hit in the 4000 block of Scholfield Road and O'Dell said the sheriff's office was notified at about noon of the blaze. Sgt. O'Dell said the house "is considered a total loss."

"Deputies responded to the area and conducted an investigation," according to a press release from the sheriff's office. "The investigation has determined the cause of the fire to be the result of arson."

O'Dell said the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and Oregon State Police personnel are helping in the investigation.



Umpqua Post Editor