A man who complicated efforts to fight a fire at the Quality Inn in Hazel Dell surrendered to authorities Saturday night after a four-hour standoff atop the once-burning building.
The man, identified as Angel M Torres-Reyna, 41, climbed down a fire department ladder at about 8 p.m. after extensive discussions with negotiators through a Spanish-language interpreter, ending a tense standoff that began when the fire was reported at 3:50 p.m. Saturday at 7001 N.E. Highway 99.
He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree arson, according to a bulletin from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
The fire started in the man’s room, fire officials said later Saturday. As of 5:30 p.m., negotiators were trying to get him off the roof of the building.
Units arriving on scene found flames coming through the roof of the north building. They also found the man on the roof waving his arms. The man began pushing ladders of firefighters attempting to reach him from the roof.