A 14-year-old Baker City girl was arraigned Thursday in Baker County Juvenile Court on a charge of first-degree arson for allegedly starting a fire in mattresses and box springs on a downtown sidewalk Tuesday night.
The girl was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Baker City Police Sgt. Wayne Chastain said today. She was transported to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility juvenile center at The Dalles.
Judge Greg Baxter ordered the girl released from detention after the arraignment, said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff. She was placed on house arrest with her family and will be required to wear an ankle monitor. Another hearing is scheduled Nov. 15, Shirtcliff said.
A second teenage girl has been identified as a suspect, but has yet to be charged. Police are still investigating to determine the second girl’s degree of involvement in the crime, Shirtcliff said.
The fire was reported at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday on the east side of the building that houses Appliances and More at 2036 Main St., at the corner of Main and Broadway.
The used box springs and mattresses that burned are stacked temporarily on the sidewalk facing Resort Street, Fire Chief John Clark stated Wednesday.
See more in the Oct. 25, 2019, issue of the Baker City Herald.