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Man arrested for arson after bragging about blaze

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[February 22, 2010]  SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Salem police said one of the two men accused of setting a fire to an old training center bragged about the blaze to his hairdresser.

According to court documents, a 20-year-old man told his hairdresser that he went into an old building on the former Fairview Training Center campus to smoke marijuana, then set the Jan. 27 blaze that destroyed the building. His hairdresser tipped police, who arrested the suspect.

Police arrested a second man after questioning the first man. Both face second-degree arson charges. They made their first court appearance in Marion County Friday. Both remain in jail.

Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000. The property owner had planned to demolish the building, which is one of 50 on the sprawling campus that closed in 2000.


Information from: Statesman Journal,

[Associated Press]

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