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Officials: Motel fire was intentionally set

February 15, 2018

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Fire officials say the Connecticut motel blaze that resulted in six people being hospitalized was intentionally set.

Newington Fire Marshal Chris Schroeder said Wednesday the fire at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge is a case of arson, and police have identified a person of interest. Schroeder did not say how the fire was started.

Fire officials were alerted to the blaze around 4 a.m. Wednesday by a police officer on a routine patrol.

Four police officers and two guests, including a child, were hospitalized for smoke inhalation. All of those hospitalized have since been released.

The fire started in a first-floor room, destroying the room and all its contents.

An investigation into the fire has revealed unrelated existing structural problems. The building has since been condemned.

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