|Keith Myer was charged with meth possession, but arson charges were not approved, police said. | CPD; Google|
A River North boutique hotel suffered smoke and water damage to 41 guest rooms on Saturday morning after a San Francisco man started a fire by stuffing socks into his room’s ceiling lights while doing meth, police said. No injuries were reported.
|Police said the fire started when Myer stuffed socks into his room’s ceiling lights | Hotel Felix|
Keith Myer, 52, of San Francisco allegedly started the fire in room 1105 around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to police. Officers arrested Myer for allegedly starting the fire, but prosecutors later declined to press arson charges because they could not prove his intent, according to a police supervisor’s report.
Instead, Myers is charged with felony possession of five to fifteen grams of methamphetamine.
Police said they found methamphetamine and a glass pipe containing suspected meth in Myers’ possession during a custodial search before his arrest.