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Oregon man attempts to burn down nursing home

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Posted at 2:16 PM, Jun 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-25 16:17:36-04

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- A 73-year-old resident of a Bend assisted-living home was arrested on arson charges after a blaze prompted an evacuation.

   Neighbors reported seeing flames climbing the south side of the building.

   Residents were evacuated until firefighters extinguished the fire.

   Police said Saturday that James Kenneth Grant, a resident of the facility, was a suspect.

   Grant was taken to St. Charles Bend for a medical evaluation, then to the Deschutes County Jail. He was booked on 67 counts each of first-degree arson and attempted criminally negligent homicide - one for each life threatened -- and criminal mischief.

   His bail totaled more than $5 million. He's scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.