Police release Pedro’s Hotel and Inn arson suspect
Saturday, May 29th, 2021
Arson is the suspected cause of the fire at Pedro’s Hotel and Inn, which led to the apprehension of a male individual for questioning. The suspect remained in police custody for a couple of days, but according to reliable reports, on Wednesday, May 26th, he was released.
The fire occurred around 5:30AM on Sunday, May 23rd, and destroyed a two-story building on the hotel property housing the kitchen and laundry. With the swift action of the San Pedro Fire Department, along with police and volunteers, the blaze was quickly contained before it could spread to other buildings. The building destroyed was insured.
National Fire Service station supervisor Kenneth Morris indicated that it appears the building might have been intentionally set on fire. No one was injured, and some of the hotel guests staying near the source of the fire were safely evacuated.
The management of Pedro’s Hotel and Inn have been approached for comments but have declined. As of Thursday, May 27th, an update on the investigation has not been made available. The local fire service indicated that information could be shared at this time as the investigation continues. A report on the total loss due to the fire damages is also pending.
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