1:49pm

Wed December 2, 2009
WVAS Local

Juvenile arrested in central Ala hotel fire

Montgomery, AL – - Investigators believe a fire that
destroyed a landmark hotel in east Alabama was started to hide a
burglary in a nearby business.
A spokesman with the state fire marshal's office, Ragan Ingram,
said Tuesday a 17-year-old is charged with arson, burglary and
other crimes in the blaze that gutted the Hotel Talisi. The
business was a longtime anchor in the town of Tallassee.
Ingram said an investigation showed the fire began early Monday
in a store that had been burglarized. The flames jumped across a
narrow alley and caught the upper floors of the hotel on fire.
The Hotel Talisi, which opened in 1928, was well known for its
restaurant. It had closed in 2008 and had just reopened under new
ownership.