Arson suspected in Wiley Creek fire


November 3, 2021

Law enforcement officials are looking into the cause of a fire that destroyed a shed early Monday, Oct. 25, in the 43700 block of Wiley Creek Drive.

Sweet Home firefighters responded about 12:22 a.m. on Oct. 25 to find the burned remains of what appeared to be a small shed, according to a report from the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District. The fire also destroyed several bicycles, the frames of which were found in and around the shed’s location.

Firefighters doused the remaining flames with a 750-gallon engine. A male at the scene said the property belonged to his parents and that he lived in a trailer at the site. He said he had walked a dog two hours previously and had not noticed any sign of fire. He later exited his trailer, saw the fire and called 9-1-1, according to the SHFAD report.

The male, whose name was not available, said he used the shed to repair bikes. He said there was no electricity to the shed and no sources of heat or flame inside.

He also pointed out some “unusual burn marks” on a nearby sign and on a fence surrounding his parents’ yard, on which it appeared someone had tried to spray an expletive and a cross with aerosol and light them on fire.

A Linn County Sheriff’s deputy was called and took a report. A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said an investigation is continuing.

The shed’s contents were valued at $1,300.

Five SHFAD personnel, two suppression apparatus and an ambulance responded to the scene.


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