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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Sunday May 9, 2021 - 10:07 AM
 
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SALEM, Oregon - On the evening of May 3, 2021, the Salem Fire Department responded to Airport Self Storage at 2142 Turner RD SE for a large fire. The four-alarm fire burned for several hours and destroyed multiple storage units, causing over $1M in damage.

Detectives determined the fire was not accidental in nature and initiated an arson investigation. Through witness interviews, crime scene processing and area canvassing, Tristin Sillman, age 22 of Salem, was identified as a suspect in the fire. He was located at Cascades Gateway Park on May 4, 2021.

Sillman was detained and transported to the police department for follow-up with detectives. Based on the investigation detectives determined there was probable cause to arrest Sillman for the following crimes:

Arson in the second degree – 25 counts. Criminal mischief in the first degree – 25 counts. He will be arraigned today at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex at 2:30 p.m. All further inquiries should be sent to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.