Sacto 9-1-1
August 29, 2013
Auburn man arrested on suspicion of setting fires at Rocklin hotel

By Tillie Fong

Rocklin police arrested an Auburn man at his home Wednesday for reportedly setting at least two fires at a Rocklin hotel.

Hoyt Starkey (pictured below), 51, was held at Placer County Jail on suspicion of arson of an inhabited dwelling. Bond was set at $150,000.

Starkey is suspected of being responsible for two recent fires at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 4420 Rocklin Road. Dates were not given for those fires.

Although the blazes caused minor damage, they are considered felony violations.

On Sunday, a mattress caught fire at the same hotel, setting off the fire sprinklers and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to that room as well as 10 others.

Starkey is considered a person of interest in Sunday's fire, as the investigation continues, officials said.


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