Why the Majestic Hotel fire may not be solved

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Five days after the historic Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs caught on fire, the fire chief admits people may never know who caused the loss of the landmark.

Hot Springs Fire Chief Ed Davis said Tuesday that someone is responsible for starting the fire, and while some people have taken public responsibility for the arson, those comments haven't been deemed valid; Davis said there have been no solid leads pointing to the party involved.

"Are we looking at some of the homeless people, the urban adventurers, people in the truther community? Well absolutely we are," Davis said.

But while authorities are working to investigate the case, Davis said it may be too dangerous to solve.

"I would much rather deal with the slings and arrows of people saying I did the wrong thing by not putting my people in the building then as opposed to putting my people in the building and having them injured or killed," Davis explained. "It's a dangerous site."

City leaders meet with ADEQ, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Wednesday. They will continue to evaluate the situation and also assess the hotel's bricks, which may now be sold to the public.


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