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Increased police presence at Ramada Inn, guests feel safe

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POOLER, GA (WTOC) -

The Ramada Inn in Pooler has beefed up security since someone went on a fire setting spree Monday and Tuesday, setting three rooms and a utility closet on fire.

Pooler police, fire, and the hotel's private security have all been on hand since the incidents.

A lot of the folks who stay there say they're still on edge since the fires, but the extra security has definitely put them at ease.

"I'm feeling a little safe right about now knowing that they're out here watching," said James Doulin. "The fire department has been riding through here all day long."

It's been an eventful couple of days for James Doulin. He was forced to evacuate his room four times in less than 24 hours.

He's been living at the Ramada Inn since August. He said, he's never had any issues, until now.

"This hotel has always been safe back here. People leave their stuff outside, nobodies never touched nothing," he said. "Now, all of a sudden this just is starting. I just want to know what's going on around here."

The fire marshal is investigating the fires. They questioned all of the guests Tuesday. Investigators said the process was very successful, however still no arrests nor a motive.

For Doulin, even though the heavy police presence is comforting, he said this is a sign that it's time for him to go.

"I'm leaving," he said, "I just want to be safe. That's all I want to be." 

According to the state fire marshal's office, the penalty for arson is a fine of up to $50,000 or prison – maximum sentence 20 years.

There is a $10,000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to an arrest.

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