Man arrested on arson charges after fifth-wheeler fire

Police arrested a Sweet Home man for allegedly pouring gasoline on and igniting a fifth-wheel camp trailer with a man inside at 3016 Main St.

Sweet Home Police charged Jimmie Ray Ginn, 48, for first-degree arson and have sent reports to the Linn County District Attorney’s Office with possible additional charges.

The parties knew each other, and police are continuing an investigation to determine what prompted the action, Police Chief Bob Burford said. Additional information also will be sent to the district attorney.

“There was a call right before that where officers had responded to employees of the Coffee Hut, who had called about a male acting suspiciously.”

The employees reported the man had gone up hill into the First Baptist Church parking lot, and officers were looking for the suspicious man when they heard the trailer ignite, Burford said. The officers ran over to the fifth-wheel and found no one inside.

Residents on the property had the fire partially out by the time firefighters arrived, Burford said.

“According to the victim, he actually saw Ginn outside his trailer, heard a bumping sound and all of the sudden flames shot up, and he saw Ginn running off.”

The occupant, David Majtan, 59, was able to escape the burning trailer, Burford said. Police located Ginn near the Coffee Hut following the incident.

Ginn was lodged at Linn County Jail.