Truck set ablaze outside Oceana Natural Foods Coop
From Newport Police
Some very fast “quick draw” Newport Firefighters saved Oceana Natural Foods early this morning after a delivery truck, parked right next to it at the curb, was set ablaze by an arsonist.
When Newport Police officers arrived, the entire front end of the Freightliner box-style delivery truck was fully engulfed in flame.
Witnesses reported seeing a young male next to the truck minutes before it caught fire. Then he was seen running from the scene a short time later.
He was described as a white male, 20 to 30 years old, approximately 5 feet 9″ tall, wearing a black jacket – possibly with a white stripe.
Newport Firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the fire preventing serious damage to Oceana Natural Foods. Evidence discovered at the scene indicated that the truck was intentionally set on fire.
The Newport Police Department is requesting help in identifying the subject seen running from the area of the truck. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Brad Purdom at 541-574-3348.