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SFD: Arson Investigation Continues

Jeff Garretson - October 20, 2014 12:15 pm

Clean up is underway after a fire destroyed the structure at the former Flamingo Motel on Friday night.

Salina Fire crews continue to extinguish hot spots after a suspected arson fire destroyed the former Flamingo Motel at 500 East Pacific.

Fire Marshal Roger Williams tells KSAL News the investigation is looking for the possibility of multiple flash points, “We have a good general idea where the fire originated,” he said.

“We are still trying to process some other areas to determine if there were multiple areas or not.”

Police arrested 24-year-old Dustin Gordon of Salina in connection to Friday’s fire and three others in and around the same property dating back to July 4th. Gordon has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated arson, 2 counts of arson and 1 count of burglary.

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Police say he is tied to fires at the property on July 4th which caused $1,000 in damages, and on August 15th a building and truck were set on fire causing $5,000 damage.

Police report that crews were also called to the property on October 5th when a garage was damaged by fire causing $1,000 in loss.

Salina Fire Marshal Willaims adds crews are keeping a close eye on the debris pile at the scene, “As we start to demo what’s left of the structure there’s going to be – potentially some additional flare ups or hot spots and smoke,” he said.

“It will be a lengthy process, there is a lot of material there to get rid of.”