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Suspect arrested in SUV arson case

A Medford man was arrested after allegedly setting fire to his Cadillac on Maple Park Drive Thursday afternoon.

Jose Quezada-Gomez, 41, was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Friday. He was charged with first-degree arson and attempted first-degree arson, police said.

Medford police believe Quezada-Gomez intentionally set fire to his Cadillac Escalade because he was in a legal dispute over the SUV. They also believe he conspired with other people to set fire to the vehicle. He is one of the registered owners.

The SUV was set on fire in the driveway of a residence in the 1200 block of Maple Park Drive. Neighbors reported seeing it engulfed in flames, which grew so intense it melted the windshield, Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said.

The SUV was parked near occupied houses during the blaze, which could have resulted in a structure fire had Medford Fire Department crews not arrived on time, officials said.

Neighbors also reported seeing a small SUV speeding away from the scene shortly after the fire sparked. Maple Park Drive is a residential street that connects West McAndrews Road and North Ross Lane.

Quezada-Gomez remained lodged in jail late Friday on more than $1 million bail.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Medford detectives at 774-2266.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.