Medford Police Arrest Man Suspected to Have Started Pacific Pride Fuel Fire

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

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