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Rodeway Inn fire confirmed as arson

The York City Fire Department has determined that this morning’s fire at the Rodeway Inn was arson. A suspect is in custody and will be arraigned at York Central Booking.

 

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02/02/13

Rodeway Inn arson details emerge

Wayne Allen Taylor, 35, of York, was arrested and charged earlier today for setting the Rodeway Inn on fire. Taylor admitted to police that he had no permanent address and started thinking about where he was going to live, because he had no place to go.

Taylor decided to set his room at the motel on fire so he could go to jail. He told police he waited until closer to the 11 a.m. check-out time to set the fire because he thought fewer people would be in the motel.

Taylor used a lighter and set both bed corners on fire and left the room. He fled the scene of the fire and went to a friend’s home, where they told him to turn himself in to police. He has been charged with one count of Arson and 22 counts of Reckless Endangerment. Bail for Taylor was set at $250,000 and he is currently in York County Prison.

York City Lieutenant Tim Utley confirmed that 35-year old Wayne A. Taylor has been charged for the arson fire at the Rodeway Inn. Taylor faces one count of Arson and 22 counts of Reckless Endangerment.

He is awaiting arraignment at York Central Booking.

The York City Fire Department has determined that this morning’s fire at the Rodeway Inn was arson. A suspect is in custody and will be arraigned at York Central Booking.

The Duty Chief on call said that $750,00o in damage was reported at the motel. All 57 units in the building were evacuated and two people suffered minor injuries.

A firefighter also suffered minor injuries as a result of the fire. Fox43 will bring updates as they become available.

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A 2-alarm fire breaks out at a York City motel on Saturday morning.  Several people were evacuated from the Rodeway Inn along the 100 block of North George Street around 9:42 a.m. Heavy smoke  could be seen for many blocks as firefighters worked to douse the flames.

Many patrons were roused from their rooms and taken to a temporary shelter at a nearby Elks Club. EMS evaluated nearly 40 patients at the scene, according to dispatchers.

It is unclear if anyone is still inside the burning building.

Investigators have closed George Street from Philadelphia Street to North Street.

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