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Community aids authorities in suspected arson fire in Detroit

About 6:11 p.m. Monday, July 3 the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a female subject who had started a fire near Britenbush Road and Front Street in Detroit.  

After an extensive search, Deputy Larned was able to locate the person responsible, due to the great community involvement, the department reported. The deputy arrived within a couple minutes of the call.

Terri Heath, 40, from Ohio, was taken into custody without further incident.  She was taken to the Marion County Jail where she was lodged on criminal charges of arson in the second degree and escape.

The Idanha Detroit Rural Fire Protection District was able to get the fire contained and extinguished. The community helped by putting water on the fire until firefighters arrived.  There were no injuries.

Deputy Larned is asking for anyone who took video or photos of Heath as she was setting the grass on fire – or if you witnessed the crime – to call him.  He can be reached at [email protected] or at 503-983-3080.

Partner agencies METCOM 911, Willamette Valley Communications Center and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office also assisted

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