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Tigard woman arrested for setting early morning fire

BRENDA ADAMSA 29-year-old Tigard woman was arrested Friday in connection with an early morning fire at a demolished house in Lake Oswego.

The fire in a large debris pile in the 13400 block of Fosberg Road caused $10,000 damage to construction equipment at the site. A second fire was reported in a nearby hedge; both blazes were quickly extinguished.

Brenda Adams, 29, was arrested in the parking lot of her nearby workplace a short time later. She admitted setting the two fires and also to spray-painting the word “SUICIDE” in at least five locations around Lake Oswego, police said. She was being held Friday afternoon at the Clackamas County Jail on charges of arson, reckless burning and criminal mischief. Bail was set at $52,500.

Lake Oswego Fire Marshal Gert Zoutendijk said the debris fire was reported around 3:19 a.m. Firefighters found demolition debris, piled inside the old home’s basement and foundation, fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews got the blaze under control in about 10 minutes, but mop-up operations continued until 8 a.m.

Zoutendijk said the property is being cleared so that an 18-home subdivision can be developed.

While dealing with the debris fire, firefighters were alerted by a passerby to the hedge fire. While fire crews extinguished that blaze, police officers noticed a car being driven past the scene by a woman who was "known to them because of numerous previous contacts."

One officer knew that the woman worked nearby. He went to her workplace at about the time he thought she would start her work day and found Adams sitting in her car in the parking lot. Police said she admitted to the crimes, and that evidence was found inside the car.

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