On November 2, at 4:43 AM, Newport Fire responded to 445 NE 8th regarding a structure fire. During a preliminary search of the residence, fire personnel located a deceased male inside.
Once the fire was suppressed, Newport investigators worked with members of the Fire Arson Response Team.
The deceased male was identified as Mathew Hogue Lee, 42, a resident of the home. Investigators confirmed that Lee intentionally set a fire inside the residence. The fire was contained mainly to one room. The remainder of the home was severely damaged by heat and smoke. Investigators determined that Lee’s cause of death was due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
ORIGINAL STORY LAST FRIDAY
At 4:43 am Friday morning the Newport Fire Department was dispatched to 445 NE 8th Street in Newport on a report of a house fire. A neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the residence. Newport Fire arrived on scene and confirmed the single story residence had visible smoke coming from the roof. Fire personnel knocked down the fire and began search efforts inside the residence. Newport Fire was assisted by Seal Rock, Depoe Bay and Toledo Fire Departments.
Fire personnel discovered a deceased male inside the residence. No other persons were present. Once the fire was under control and the scene safe, Newport Police and arson investigators began working to identify the deceased male and the cause of the fire.