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Man set fire in Charleston hotel room, police say

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man allegedly set something on fire inside a Charleston hotel room and barricaded the door with a mattress when firefighters responded Friday morning.

Charleston firefighters and police were called to the Best Western Charleston Plaza Hotel, 1010 Washington St. E., just before 9:30 a.m. in regard to a fire. The hotel's sprinkler system put out the fire before firefighters arrived.

Authorities discovered that a man, later identified as Michael Dewayne Carter, 44, of Charleston, had barricaded himself inside the room where the fire started, said Charleston Police Sgt. Bobby Eggleton.

Police and firefighters were able to remove the mattress blocking the doorway where Carter allegedly tried to fight one of the firefighters.

Patrolman J.M. Redden and others restrained Carter, who was arrested and charged with arson. Carter later refused to participate in police booking procedures and was charged with refusing to fingerprint.

Carter then yelled at Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager several times during an initial arraignment hearing Friday afternoon. Yeager ordered Carter held in South Central Regional Jail where he would be arraigned via video link Saturday<co this> morning.


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