A Norwegian tourist didn't seem to like his accomodations at a New York City hotel. Alcohol seems to have brought out his inner pyromania, which he unleashed in several locations of his Midtown Manhattan stay.
The 95 degree weather wasn't the only thing that was hot in New York City on Tuesday. A Norwegian man was arrested after setting two fires in his hotel, Fox New reports.
Tore Brox, 29, hit the bottle a little too hard and was intoxicated when he set fire to a housekeeping cart in the west wing hallway and a stairwell in the east wing hallway around 5 a.m. on the 20th floor of the New Yorker Hotel near Herald Square.
Fire departments quickly showed up to the hotel and put out the fires that were started by burning combustible materials.
Brox was thought to be an innocent guest as he fled the scene after lighting the fires. However, he soon returned and was taken to Bellevue Hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
Officials realized Brox had committed the crime, but setting the fires wasn't the only trouble he stirred during his drunken hotel spree. Earlier in the night, Brox got into fights with guests at the hotel, which may have sparked his urge to set the place on fire, the New York Daily News reports.
"Arson is a very serious crime with potentially deadly consequences," said fire commissioner Sal Cassano.
"The quick actions by our firefighters at this fire prevented a potential tragedy and the tremendous investigative work by our fire marshals quickly brought this individual to justice," Cassano told Fox.
Brox was charged with two counts of arson and two counts of reckless endangerment for setting the hotel fires, Fox reports.
Brox was staying at the New Yorker Hotel while on vacation with a friend from Norway.
The 900-room New Yorker Hotel opened in 1930. The historic art deco hotel has accommodated famous guests like Muhammad Ali, late President John F. Kennedy, and singer Jennifer Hudson.
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