FILLMORE — A Holden man was charged Monday with setting a a Fillmore hotel on fire.
Jaden Hodges, 18, is charged in Millard County's 4th District Court with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony; burglary of a dwelling, a second-degree felony; and theft, a class B misdemeanor.
About 7:30 a.m. Friday, Hodges, who worked at the Sunmart Chevron gas station, took a gas can off the shelf, filled it with about $5 worth of gas, and walked over to the Pine Creek Inn next door, 885 S. Park Ave., according to a Millard County Jail report.
When emergency crews arrived at the hotel, they found "the inside of the motel to be covered in smoke. The east entrance door was propped open and flames were observed inside the building," the report states.
Damage inside the hotel was described by the sheriff's office as "extensive." The building was not occupied at the time of the fire and there were no reports of injuries, said Millard County Sheriff's Capt. Richard Jacobson.1 comment on this story
As of Monday, the hotel was uninhabitable, he said.
A motive for the alleged attack was not immediately known.
In November, Hodges was convicted of negligently selling alcohol to a minor, a class B misdemeanor.
On Jan. 11, Hodges' parents asked the judge if his probation for his November conviction could be terminated early so he could enter the U.S. Air Force, according to court records. A review hearing for that request was originally scheduled for Thursday. That hearing was canceled due to his arrest, court records state.