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Oregon jail inmate accused of hiding lighter, setting uniform on fire while in cell
By oregonlive.com- Everton Bailey Jr.
Published: 04/12/2019

An Oregon inmate stripped off his jail uniform and set it on fire 15 minutes after guards locked him into a Springfield jail cell, police say.

Richard A. Rierson, 41, used a small lighter to start the fire, triggering a fire alarm at the Springfield Municipal Jail, according to Springfield Police Lt. Tom Rappé. The flames spread to a nearby mattress before staff extinguished the fire.

Rappé said it’s not yet clear where Rierson hid the lighter. He said the inmate was strip-searched before being left alone in the cell.

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