FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Wednesday’s motel fire in Fayetteville was determined to be arson, according to Fire Marshal TJ McLamb. Diquan Jerel McCullough, 25, was arrested and charged in connection on Thursday.
The fire broke out around 5:30 a.m. at the Boulevard Motel, which is located at 4309 Bragg Blvd, officials said.
McCullough is charged with first-degree arson and three counts of first-degree attempted murder, according to a release from Fayetteville police.
Multiple calls reported the fire with the first responding crews seeing “heavy fire showing from the second floor on all sides of the structure.”
“Units are still actively involved in fire attack operations at the time of this release (6:02 a.m.),” Fayetteville fire said.
City leaders said the motel was unsafe and the power was shut off mid-December after electrical and plumbing problems weren’t fixed.
The property owner and management shut down the motel because of those problems. There were close to 40 people forced out.