Arrest made in Sheridan house fire
Brittany Rene Paschke, 23, was arraigned Thursday afternoon in Yamhill County Circuit Court on one count each of first-degree arson and reckless burning. She was also served with a Marion County warrant on an underlying charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Arson is a Class A felony punishable by a lengthy mandatory-minimum prison term under Measure 11. The other charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
Sheriff Jack Crabtree gave this account:
The Yamhill Communications Agency dispatch center received a call at 1:50 a.m. from a female neighbor of Paschke’s at 16261 E. Rock Creek Road. Paschke had visited her residence and talked about burning her house down with all of her family’s belongings inside.
About 2:30 a.m., a passerby reported the residence was ablaze.
Paschke, who had been living at the residence with her boyfriend and 2-year-old child, was contacted at her neighbor’s residence by deputies Russ Meade, Greg Park, Sean Sato and Steve Wilkinson. They took her into custody without incident. The boyfriend and infant were apparently not home at the time.
“It’s very fortunate this incident did not result in personal physical injury or the loss of life,” Crabtree said. “Our investigators will continue the investigation into why this crime occurred.”
The Sheridan, Amity and West Valley fire districts responded with 29 firefighters and seven pieces of equipment, as units and personnel from McMinnville moved up to cover for them. The first unit to arrive reported the structure already fully involved, according to Wesley Rolfson of Sheridan Fire.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control after about 50 minutes. A majority of the responding volunteers were released by 6 a.m.
In addition to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, the Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team, Oregon State Police and state Fire Marshal’s Office responded on the law enforcement side.
The home was a two-bedroom, one-bath, 728-square-foot unit owned by Stanley and Victoria Turnidge of Amity. Built in 1938, it was a total loss.