Newport Police say that during the initial attack on the fire, a resident of one of the burning homes, Josie Waterman, began causing a disturbance by trying to retrieve personal items from inside the burning building. Waterman was warned numerous times by Fire Personnel and Police Officers to stay out of the area as it was dangerous and her actions were interfering with the Fire Fighters ability to conduct their operation. Waterman refused to cooperate with the orders and continued to try to get inside the residence.
After numerous attempts to get compliance from Waterman, she continued to interfere with fire personnel’s ability to conduct their operation. Waterman was taken into custody for Interfering with a Firefighter – a class A Misdemeanor.
Waterman was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail. Cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Officer Vincent Boutwell at 541-574-3348.