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South Austin hotel destroyed in fire

Posted on May 21st, 2010 No Comments

A hotel in south Austin was destroyed on Sunday afternoon in an intentionally-set fire.

Officials estimate that the damage to America’s Best Value Inn on south I-35 near Oltorf may equal $1.5 million. The hotel is now closed. Firefighters arrived on the scene around 12:15 pm on Sunday after a 33-year-old man set fire to his room and called to report the incident. The man was arrested a few hours later.

Investigators said the fire spread very quickly because the rooms were not equipped with in-room fire sprinklers. Hotels constructed after 1988 are required to have these sprinklers, but the hotel was built in 1984. It had passed its last fire safety inspection last June.

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