Woman charged for deaths in Newport motel fire

Four died in the fire at Newport's City Center Motel on August 5, 2016

A fire killed 4 people at the Newport City Center Motel, August 5, 2016 (Courtesy: Liliana Bodiou)
A fire killed 4 people at the Newport City Center Motel, August 5, 2016 (Courtesy: Liliana Bodiou)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than six months after 4 people died in a fire at a Newport motel, a woman has been charged in connection with their deaths.

An undated booking photo of 38-year-old Rebecca Sinclair provided by the Newport Police on April 19, 2017
An undated booking photo of 38-year-old Rebecca Sinclair provided by the Newport Police on April 19, 2017

Rebecca Sinclair of Toledo, Oregon, is accused of causing the fire and deaths that happened at the City Center Motel in Newport August 5, 2016, court documents said.

She was arrested on April 17, 2017 by Newport Police and is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on $750,000 bail.

Fire investigators said the fire started in the room below the rooms where the victims were staying.

Tammi Sue Hepner, 51 and Allen Hepner, 63, of Portland and Sandra Shoemaker, 60, of Springfield and Danny Shoemaker, 64, of Springfield, all died in the fire.

Several other people were injured in the fire.

According to court documents, 38-year-old Sinclair faces 4 counts of manslaughter, 4 counts of criminally negligent homicide, 7 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count of reckless burning.

The fire at the City Center Motel, August 5 2016. (Facebook/Casey Wittmier)