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Authorities seek suspect in suspicious house fire

One person was rescued from a home that caught fire in Charleston early this morning, and authorities say accelerants were likely used to set the blaze.

Posted: May 21, 2021 6:13 PM

COOS COUNTY, Ore. – Authorities are looking for a man suspected of setting a house on fire in Coos County on Friday.

Residents of a home in the Barview district of Charleston called dispatch at about 2:30 a.m. reporting their house was on fire.

Firefighters with the Charleston and Coos Bay fire departments arrived to the 91200 block of Cape Arago Highway and rescued one of the residents from the upper story of the home.

Fire officials suspected arson due to the odor of fire accelerants around the home. The Oregon State Fire Marshal and investigators from Oregon State Police responded, as well as the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

Security cameras on the come captured video of the suspect. Authorities say the man’s face is not visible, but he is described as husky and wearing a hoody.

If you have any information about the suspect or the fire, contact the sheriff’s office at 541-396-2106.

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