Gwinnett firefighters suspect that arson caused a Mercedes Benz to go up in flames at a hotel off Oakbrook Parkway this morning. No suspects have been taken in, but fire officials suspect that the vehicle, which belonged to an extended-stay guest, was targeted.
Fire crews were called to Motel 6 at 6015 Oakbrook Parkway in unincorporated Norcross just before 11 a.m. Someone called 911 because they saw flames shooting out of a silver 2001 Mercedes.
Witnesses at the motel reported seeing two black males in a black Pontiac fleeing the parking lot just after the fire started.
"Fire Investigators believe the two men doused the vehicle with a flammable product then set it on fire," reported Cpt. Tommy Rutledge in a statement. He said the act does not appear to be random.
No motive is known and no suspects are in custody at this time.
Rutledge said the charge for this crime would be first degree arson, which carries a penalty of 1 to 20 years in jail. Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett Fire investigators at 678-518-4890.