17-year-old facing charges related to Hotel Talisi fire

TALLASEE, AL (WBRC) - Investigators believe a fire that destroyed a landmark hotel in east Alabama was started to hide the burglary of a nearby business.

A 17-year-old faces charges of arson, burglary and other crimes in the fire that gutted the Hotel Talisi.

An investigation showed the fire began early Monday in a store that had been burglarized.

The flames jumped across a narrow alley and ignited the upper floors of the hotel.