Medford Police Detectives have been actively investigating the Pacific Pride Fire at 936 S. Central Avenue, since the day it occurred on April 13th, 2022. Today, John Charles Salmons, 49, a houseless individual known to frequent the Medford area, has been lodged in jail, suspected to have ignited the massive 3-alarm fire.
On April 16th, at about midnight, a Medford Police officer contacted Salmons on the bike path, in the 1400 block of Biddle Road, after seeing him with a warming fire.
The Pacific Pride fire was believed to have been started intentionally. Police say Salmons will remain in custody from a previous arrest as well.
Officials also say that Salmons has an Arson conviction that stems from a fire in Medford on August 1st, 2021.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the department, 541-770-4783. Case 22-6203
Courtesy of MPD