Fire at Super 8 motel in Newark ruled an arson; suspect arrested

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Person taken into custody following fire at Newark motel. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on December 8, 2018.

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has ruled a motel fire in Newark, Delaware as arson.

Authorities say 44-year-old Larry E. O'Neal has been arrested for allegedly starting that blaze.

The fire was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Super 8 Motel at 268 East Main Street.
Crews arrived at the scene to find flames shooting from a second-story motel room.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that O'Neal had intentionally ignited items inside the room.

The heavy fire damage is estimated at $100,000.

O'Neal is charged with arson in the first degree and reckless endangering in the first degree.

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