Inmate sets fire in Municipal Jail

Location:                            344 A St, Springfield

Incident Number:            19-2804

Date/Time:                      04-11-19 @ 10:55 am

More Information:          Lt. Tom Rappe’

Completed By:                Lt. Tom Rappe’

Suspect: Rierson, Richard DOB, 10/01/1977 WM


CHARGES: Arson I, Recklessly Endangering, Supplying Contraband, Criminal Mischief


On the listed date and time a Springfield Municipal Jail Inmate set a fire in the Springfield Jail. Inmate, Richard Rierson, was lodged approximately 15 minutes earlier in a single cell by himself. It appears Rierson had discreeted a small lighter upon his person and removed his inmate clothing before setting the clothing on fire. A fire alarm notified Jail Staff of the fire in the cell which was diffused with a fire extinguisher within seconds. Springfield/Eugene Fire and Life Safety were dispatched to the Municipal Jail and Rierson was transported to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield for precautionary reasons. No one else was injured.

Rierson’s original Municipal Court charges were for Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and Criminal Mischief. After being treated at Riverbend Hospital he was lodged at the Lane County Jail for Arson, Recklessly Endangering, Criminal Mischief and Supplying Contraband.

The incident continues to be under investigation.