Woman faces felony charges, including manslaughter, in connection with Newport motel fire
NEWPORT, Ore. — New court documents detail felony charges in connection to a Newport motel fire last August that killed four people and hospitalized four others.
Rebecca Joanne Sinclair, 39, will face four counts of felony second-degree manslaughter, four counts of criminally negligent homicide, one count of reckless burning and seven counts of recklessly endangering another person. Monday, a judge set her bail at $750,000.
The fire was determined to have started in the room occupied by Sinclar.
"The likely cause of the fire was determined to be careless discard of smoking materials," Newport Police said.
The City Center Motel on Highway 101 in Newport, Ore., caught fire the morning of Friday, August 5, trapping two couples inside their rooms as the second story collapsed.
Authorities searching the burnt remnants of the motel later that afternoon found the bodies of Portland residents Tammi Sue Hepner, 51, and Allen Arthur Hepner, 63, both trapped in room 221.
Several hours later, crews found the bodies of Springfield residents Sandra Kay Shoemaker, 60, and Danny Keith Shoemaker, 64, while searching the rubble of room 220.
Sarabjit Singh, the owner of the motel, said more than 20 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire.
Watch drone video of the fire below: