Man charged with arson in motel fire

8:14 PM, Apr 2, 2013   |    comments
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- An Atlanta man was charged with first degree arson after a fire at a Cobb County motel Tuesday morning.

The blaze broke out at around 2:45 a.m. at the Sun Inn on Cobb Parkway North in Marietta.

Marietta Police Officer Michael Baldwin said crews put out the fire quickly. The motel suffered about $50,000 worth of damage. Several residents were displaced, but motel management found other rooms for them.

Investigators arrested 37-year-old Carlous Deushawn Banks at the scene. He is being held in the Cobb County Jail.

Baldwin said fire officials are now looking into the possibility that Banks is responsible for other fires in metro Atlanta.

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