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Suspect arrested for causing fire that damaged McMinnville pizzeria and theater, police say

Police located Meagan Ray inside a vehicle in Sheridan on June 2, more than a week after the fire.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Police have arrested a woman accused of causing a fire that damaged 3rd Street Pizza Company, a pizzeria and movie theater in McMinnville, in late May.

McMinnville police located Meagan Ray inside a vehicle in Sheridan around 3:30 a.m. on June 2. Ray was taken to the Yamhill County Correctional Facility. She's being held without bail on charges of reckless burning, reckless endangering, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

The fire started shortly after 5:20 a.m. May 24 at 3rd Street Pizza Company, located at 433 Northeast 3rd Street in McMinnville. The building sustained "a lot of fire damage," the fire department said, noting that the flames spread through the building and vented out through the roof.

Firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading to neighboring businesses, though the two businesses on either side of the pizzeria, NW Food & Gifts and Cabana Club, suffered smoke damage.

Because of the close proximity to other businesses along Northeast 3rd Street, McMinnville Fire requested help from neighboring agencies. Fire crews were able to knock down the fire in about 30 minutes.

Darby credited Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and fire crews from Dayton, Carlton, Amity and Sheridan with help in putting out the fire.

"We had a great response from all our neighboring agencies and we got a quick stop on the fire," Darby said. "The fire is out and there were no civilian or firefighter injuries."

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact McMinnville police officer Lucas Henkel at 503-434-7307.

3rd Street Pizza Company opened on Northeast 3rd Street in McMinnville more than 20 years ago. It's a hybrid restaurant and movie theater, with the Moonlight Theater located in the same building.

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