“Eyewitness” Held as Firebug

“Eyewitness” Held as Firebug

A college student was detained by police in Wichita, Kan. recently after a series of fires in the Hotel Lassen. Five separate fires caused several thousand dollars damage but fortunately no one was injured. Charles L. Naylor, 26, the suspect, described by officials of Wichita University as a brilliant student, denied setting the fires.

The first blaze was discovered in a linen closet about 1:35 a.m. and the second shortly thereafter in a hallway storage area. According to police, Naylor assisted the firemen to some extent but principally just stood around and asked questions. After the fires were extinguished he went to a local newspaper and told the night news editor that he wanted to write an eyewitness account of the fires. He wrote a story that praised the efforts of the fire department and the assistance of the hotel employees and bystanders, including himself.

Police said that Naylor then returned to the hotel where three more fires broke out immediately. He was arrested when officers discovered that he was not a reporter.

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