Fire erupts at AWARE Food Bank
Woodburn Police Department have reported that officers arrested a man in connection with a fire at AWARE Food Bank located downtown.
WPD spokesman Tommy Moore said that at about 3:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, officers responded to a call to the food bank and found it engulfed in flames.
Moore said that through witness accounts and video surveillance, investigators were able to locate and arrest 24-year-old Manuel Garcia-Martinez a short distance from the fire scene.
Investigators believe Garcia-Martinez threw a lit cigarette into a bush next to the food bank and fanned the flames as the fire burned.
Woodburn Fire District responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. The building was empty at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
The extent of fire damage to the building is unknown at this time.
Garcia-Martinez was taken to Marion County Jail and charged with arson, two counts of reckless burning and reckless endangerment.
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