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Man confesses to starting fire at SE Portland Church

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Mugshot: Jaime Calderon Mugshot: Jaime Calderon
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Fire crews are investigating an early morning fire at a Southeast Portland Church.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, crews were called to the Eastside Free Methodist Church at Southeast 139th and Stark just after 1:45 Sunday morning.

When they arrived they found flames coming from one side of the building.

Crews were able to quickly knock down the main portion of the flames.

Jaime Calderon, 46, confessed to starting the fire at the church, as well as a fire in a vacant house across the street.

Damage to the church is reported at $100,000, and damage to the house is reported at $3,500.

Calderon has been charged with two counts of Arson 1 and may face additional charges.

No one was hurt in the fire.

The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

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