ashland.news
June 21, 2024

Ashland police announce arrest in connection with January fuel station fire

Police in January released this image of a white pickup seen near the site of a fuel theft at 60 Shamrock Lane that resulted in a fire at the facility. Image via Ashland Police Department
April 21, 2023

Jacksonville man taken into custody Thursday; fire started when fuel was being stolen via a siphon, investigators said

Ashland.news staff report

A Jacksonville resident was arrested Thursday in connection with a fueling station fire in January in Ashland, Ashland police announced Friday. Officers arrested Talon Casey McComb, 32, at his home on Highway 238.

The fire on Shamrock Lane, just north of Ashland Street and just west of the railroad tracks, was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Jan.14. According to the Ashland Police Department, the fire was found to have been caused by a person stealing hundreds of gallons of fuel from underground tanks and from a piece of heavy equipment parked nearby.

Embers from a gas station fire at 60 Shamrock Lane in Ashland on Jan. 14. Police believe a thief siphoning gas caused the blaze. Image via Ashland Police Department

Surveillance camera footage showed a white or light-colored extended-bed, crew-cab pickup with gray trim near the scene hauling a small trailer. Video also showed embers from the fire falling on a nearby storage facility and foliage, and police said the incident could have led to far greater losses were it not for the cold winter weather.

The fire did present an immediate potential threat to the neighboring Wingspread Mobile Home community. Flames were extinguished with no reported injuries.

McComb was booked at Jackson County Jail on charges of criminal mischief, first degree; theft, second degree; and reckless endangering of another person. Details of the investigation were not immediately available.

Email Ashland.news Executive Editor Bert Etling at betling@ashland.news or call or text him at 541-631-1313.

Picture of Bert Etling

Bert Etling

Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.

Related Posts...

Applegate fire grew to 100 acres Thursday, evacuation warning expanded

Multiple fire agencies threw all the ground and air resources they have at a pair of wildfires Thursday afternoon and into the evening, one south of Shady Cove and another in the Applegate. Forward progress of a 50- to 60-acre fire burning along Highway 62 south of Shady Cove has been stopped, according to an update at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Read More »

Latest posts

Crossword: Trails Less Traveled

Theme: a local trails organization, its people, tools and areas. Solve crossword directly in the article or download a PDF to print. More crosswords under the Culture menu.

Read More >

Explore More...

Crossword: Trails Less Traveled

Theme: a local trails organization, its people, tools and areas. Solve crossword directly in the article or download a PDF to print. More crosswords under the Culture menu.

Read More>
ashland.news logo

Subscribe to the newsletter and get local news sent directly to your inbox.

(It’s free)

Don't Miss Our Top Stories

Get our newsletter delivered to your inbox three times a week.
It’s FREE and you can cancel anytime.