This morning, my fire alarm woke me around 5:30 A.M. It was just beeping. I smelled smoke and turned on my computer to learn there was a fire down Oakdale St. between S. Cloverleaf Loop, and Pheasant in Springfield. There was also a shooter who took his own life. According to an eyewitness, his body is in the bushes outside what I assume is his home. Shots were fired, and the Springfield Fire Department was forced to retreat and let his home burn, and the one next to it. Three homes and a car were destroyed.
In the second video a fireman is asked if any firefighters got hit by gunfire.
“Yeah they did.”
This has not been confirmed. (This is incorrect – thank God!)
Thank you to Springfield Fire and Police.
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A 60-year-old man shot and killed himself on Wednesday morning after fire destroyed three homes and damaged a fourth, according to authorities.
Flames broke out in the 500 block of Oakdale Avenue just before 4 a.m. Officials say when first responders arrived on scene they came under gunfire from a shooter who was walking through the area with a rifle.
Lt. Scott McKee of Springfield police said the shooter lived in the neighborhood and acted alone.
McKee said it appears the fires were set as a way to lure targets into the area.
“We believe that that was an intentionally set fire with the intent of ambushing (first responders),” McKee said.
No other injuries have been reported at this time.
“We just came out and heard some noises,” Donald Chamberlain, a neighbor, said. “We came out to see a huge fire and then the cops came out screaming for everybody to get back in the house because ammos going off.”
As of 6 a.m. the firest were under control, but the neighborhood streets were closed as part of a larger crime scene.