The flames destroyed a wing of the historic Inn at Bighman School Monday night.
Inspectors found a propane gas line to a fireplace disconnected in the second-floor room where the inn's lone guest was staying.
The man was taken to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries. There is no word on whether he will face charges.
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