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Police: Arson suspect who started house fire told neighbor, 'let it burn man'

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LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

Surveillance video and reports from witnesses led police to an arson suspect who was already behind bars on other criminal charges.  

Firefighters responded to the 700 block of South 8th Street at 4:18 p.m. Nov. 6.

Crews said the fire was coming out of all windows of the home and threatening neighboring buildings.

The fire was brought under control and investigators worked to determine the cause.

Neighbors reported seeing two men in the immediate vicinity of the burning house. One neighbor told police as he was attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose, one of the men said to him, "Why are you putting it out? Let it burn man."

Through witness statements, investigators were able to identity that suspect as Jack Eldon Thompson, 33.

A neighboring home, which was also damaged by the fire, had surveillance cameras that confirmed Thompson was one of the men at the scene.

Police said the video showed one man leaving the home, followed by Thompson. Smoke and fire is then seen coming from the house.

Thompson was already in the Linn County Jail after being arrested a few hours after the fire in an unrelated incident.

In that case, police said he kicked and punched the front glass door of a Lebanon business and then attacked a police officer before he was hit with a Taser multiple times and taken into custody.

He is now also facing two counts of first-degree arson. There were no reports of injuries due to the fire, but one home sustained severe damage.

Anyone with further information about this case is asked to contact Officer Tim Trahan at the Lebanon Police Department.

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