Oregon Fatal Fire

A Springfield Police officer examines the scene of a multi-home fire Thursday in Springfield. Officials say a woman died and three homes burned in the blaze that may have been started by fireworks.

Editor’s Note: As a convenience to Philomath Express readers, here’s a sampling of other news going on around Oregon as reported by The Associated Press.

Woman dead as fire burns Oregon triplex; fireworks suspected

SPRINGFIELD — Officials say a woman died and three homes burned in a blaze that may have been started by fireworks in Springfield.

KVAL reports that fire crews responded to a triplex shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. The fire was under control a little more than an hour later.

All three homes in the triplex are considered total losses. Seven people have been displaced.

Though officials suspect fireworks, the investigation into the cause of the fire remains active.

Interstate 5 reopens in southwest Oregon

ASHLAND — The Oregon Department of Transportation says Interstate 5 near the California state line has reopened, but motorists should expect major delays.

Authorities had closed the highway near Ashland on Thursday because of a wildfire in Northern California.

The fire started Thursday afternoon and forced evacuations in the small town of Hornbrook, California.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said multiple structures were threatened, damaged or destroyed.

Sheriff: Bags of heroin, meth found inside inmate's stomach

MCMINNVILLE — Authorities say they found two plastic bags of heroin and methamphetamine in a jail inmate's abdomen.

Multiple news outlets report 32-year-old Rashel Sutliff has been charged with unlawful delivery of heroin, unlawful possession of heroin, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and three counts of supplying contraband.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office says an investigation began after someone reported last month that at least one inmate was using heroin.

The sheriff's office says Sutliff was suspected of supplying the drugs and that a body scanner at a nearby jail showed a foreign substance in her stomach.

The sheriff's office says hospital staff removed the drugs.

It wasn't immediately known if Sutliff had obtained an attorney. She was in jail initially for failing to appear in court.

2 accused of starting Pilot Butte fire with illegal firework

BEND — Bend police arrested two men accused of setting off an illegal firework that ignited a Fourth of July wildfire.

KTVZ reports the blaze at Pilot Butte shut U.S. Highway 20, cut power to 27,000 people and led to the evacuation of some apartments.

The fire damaged the east and south lower slopes of the nearly 500-foot lava dome and also ignited spot fires across Highway 20 that crews quickly extinguished.

Bend police Lt. Clint Burleigh says witnesses provided excellent descriptions of the people and vehicles that were in the area just before the fire started.

Investigators arrested 38-year-old Brandon Hastings and 29-year-old Alan Stout, both of Bend, on charges of reckless burning.

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