Fire appears to be arson
The fire was contained to one room, in a section of the motel that had been vacant for a long time. The fire quickly died down because of a lack of oxygen, Brazzel said.
Fourteen firefighters arrived at the motel room at around 1 a.m. and found thick smoke coming from behind the door.
“Firefighters entered the room and cleared it of all its smoke, but the earlier fire had burned a bed down to its frame. Everything else in the room was ruined because of the smoke,” Brazzel said.