Corbett resident accused of setting house on fire, killing dog
by: Contributed photo Sean A. Tester

A Corbett man is accused of arson and animal abuse after reportedly setting his house on fire, which killed his dog.

Sean A. Tester, 33, is being held on $257,500 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of felony arson and misdemeanor animal abuse.

Corbett firefighters responded to a 7:39 a.m. report Friday, March 18, of a house on fire at 32606 East Bell Road, said Chief Tom Layton. A loud explosion also was reported, resulting in the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office responding, as well.

When firefighters arrived, flames were coming out the windows on the back of the house, but crews stopped the fire from spreading. Inside, they found Tester's dog, Candy, dead.

Firefighters later determined the fire started in a rear bedroom, Layton said, adding that the fire was considered suspicious.

Meanwhile, Tester reportedly tried to get a neighbor to let him use the phone, Layton said. The sheriff's office police dog found Tester hiding in a barn, said Lt. Jose Martinez, sheriff's office spokesman.

Damage to the house is estimated at $325,000, with damage to contents estimated at $100,000.

Martinez called the case interesting due to Tester's 'mental state.'

'We believe he had some medical issues,' Martinez said. 'That's all I can say.'

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