Arrested For Gables Hotel Fire
Fire Broke Out Friday Afternoon
Several Victims Were Hurt, But No Fatalities
Coral Gables Police announced Monday that
the fire that left dozens of residents displaced at
the David William Hotel, was caused by an arsonist.
Rene Alexander Lengen, 51, was arrested and charged
with one count of Arson Causing Bodily Harm, for the
fire that caused an estimated $3.5 million of damage
and injured 10 people. Police have not said what were
Lengen's motives for setting the fire.
Residents of the condo-hotel in Coral Gables could
be out of their apartments for weeks, after the fire
caused extensive water damage, forcing officials to
declare the building unsafe. The fire started on the
8th floor, and firefighters from Coral Gables and
Miami-Dade County were forced to use large amounts
of water to get the fire under control.
That water caused the majority of the damage, cascading
down eight floors to a ground level restaurant, causing
damage on each floor.
Even in parts of the building which were undamaged,
residents had no utilities because of the overall
Lengen was a resident in the building.