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Police: Ala. man used flamethrower to set motel on fire

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- An Alabama man was arrested last Tuesday night after he allegedly tried to set a motel on fire, CBS affiliate WGCL reported.

Walter Neal Thompson, 29, had tried to rent a room at Overlook Inn, but was turned away after the suspect did not have proper identification, according to the station. Police say that Thompson then took two fire extinguishers from the motel, and emptied them, reports the station.

Police say that the suspect went to a nearby construction site and found a flamethrower in a construction truck. Thompson then went back, allegedly broke a window in the front office and stuck the flamethrower through the window -- apparently attempting to set the building on fire, according to WGCL.

911 was then called, according to police.

Before police were able to arrive, Thompson had gone back to the construction site, where he allegedly tried to set a truck on fire.

Police soon arrived and arrested the suspect, says the station. He was charged with arson and his bond was set at $10,000.

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