Fire at River North hotel caused by socks stuffed in ceiling lights
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11-Feb-18 – A fire at a boutique hotel in River North that caused smoke and water damage was caused by socks stuffed into ceiling lights by a man in possession of methamphetamine, according to Chicago police.

Forty-one guest rooms at Hotel Felix were damaged on February 3 but no one was injured.

52-year-old Keith Myer of San Francisco started the fire, police say, in room 1105 at around 10:30 a.m. Police found meth and a glass pipe on Myer when he was arrested.

Chicago Police Department Myer (left) was charged with felony possession of 5-15 grams of meth but prosecutors have since decided not to charge him with arson because, according to a police supervisor’s report, they could not prove intent.

He was released on a recognizance bond and is due back in court on February 22.

CWB Chicago contributed to this story. Image obtained from Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC.

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 11-Feb-18 9:21 PM

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