Caught on Camera: suspected arsonist at Oroville construction site moments before it burns

OROVILLE, Calif. - Action News Now has exclusive new video from the night an Oroville construction site went up in flames.

It happened last Thursday at the Olive Ranch apartment construction on Table Mountain Boulevard and Grand Avenue.

Action News Now showed neighbors the video, they were shocked.

"Yeah, it's definitely on fire," said Neil Adams-Hall, a resident near the construction site.

"It's like a nightmare happening all over again," said another neighbor, Kathleen Perryman.

That nightmare - this fire. Action News now obtaining an exclusive video of the night the construction site burst into flames.

At 7:14 p.m., September 9, 2021, you can see a woman walking along the fence of the construction site.

Law enforcement told Action News Now that the person in the video is the suspect, her name? Jamie Gorman, 40, of Oroville.

Less than a minute later the video shows the woman trying to bust through the fence. She keeps pushing it until she gets in.

"Oh, she's just going to rip the fence open like that huh?" Adams-Hall said.

The video skips ahead 4 minutes the woman is now carrying a wattle, which is defined as a material for making fences or walls.

For the next 15 minutes, she is out of the camera's view, during that time a truck and police show up.

When we see her again she is walking away from the construction site and moments later a fire explodes.

The aftermath is still visible to this day, some cars that were parked alongside the site had parts melting.

With her dog on a leash, Kathleen Perryman tells Action News Now in her 2 decades living in Oroville, she has never seen a fire like this.

"At the time I was getting ready to go to the store to be honest with you that's why I was going to leave her (dog) at home," Perryman explained "And the moment I saw the fire I said 'oh no she's not staying here.'"

Perryman currently lives at the Guardian apartments, just a few feet away from the Olive Ranch apartments. She was considering moving there.

"I was going to put my foot right in on that door the minute I saw that last nail go in," Perryman said.

But now it's on delay.

"That's what we need is another complex here," Perryman said "unfortunately, we got a little backed up a little bit. But that's ok it looks like they're on the way to get it started."

Gorman is currently booked in the Butte County Jail and is facing a felony charge with an enhancement.

She is currently being held in the Butte County Jail on $250,000 bail.

And this is not the only crime that Gorman has been charged with. Action News Now also looked into her past criminal history in Butte County.

Records from the Butte County Superior Court show Gorman has several misdemeanor charges for trespassing and vandalism.

She had two charges from last August one for trespassing - the other for failure to appear in court.

Then a vandalism charge, back in May.

One neighbor who just evacuated from the Dixie Fire says she's glad police arrested a suspect.

"I'm sure she had her reason it was definitely not the best course of action," Neil Adams-Hall said.  "I lost everything in the (Dixie) fire so it was like not really fun to come out here and see all the smoke and everything. We had our landlady she came and pounded on the door. And she was telling us to get our stuff because we might have to evacuate. And that was definitely like oh not again."

Action News Now has called Gorman's public defender to get a comment on her case and we have not heard back.

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