Police told WRAL News reporter Rosalia Fodera a suspect was in custody after officials responded to a fire on the third floor of the Super 8, at 3801 Capital Blvd. Firefighters responded to the fire just before 8 p.m. and put it out in about 20 minutes. There were 45 firefighters who responded to the scene.
The man arrested, whose name hasn’t been released, was in a room with a woman and, after setting the fire, he ran to a nearby restaurant, where he was apprehended, police said. He was transported to WakeMed for evaluation. Charges were pending Thursday night.
Guests who were staying on the first and second floors of the hotel were allowed to return to their rooms after the fire was put out.