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Man charged with arson in Ed's Oasis fire

An Eagle Point man has been jailed on charges he started the fire that destroyed a historic building in town Tuesday.

Justin William Keaton was charged Thursday with first-degree arson and is being held on $1 million bail in connection with the fire at the original Ed's Oasis building at 866 S. Royal Ave.

The building, across from the current Ed's Oasis tavern, had been owned by the Dahack family for about 90 years, said owner Ed Dahack. Dahack eventually moved the tavern across the street, renting out part of the original building and storing tools and materials in the rest.

Soon after the fire, many neighbors reported seeing a man who lives nearby acting suspiciously around the building.

We'll post more details as they're available.

— Staff reports

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