DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – The Dothan Police Department has made an arrest for arson after Tuesday’s downtown fire.

Dothan Police said they arrested a suspect, Joe Edward Thomas, 33, after responding to a fire at the Town Terrace Inn on North Oates Street. According to DFD, the fire started around 6:30 p.m.

Dothan Police Department: Joe Edward Thomas

This has been the second fire suspected to be caused by arson at the Town Terrace Inn in the past month. The first fire DFD responded to at the abandoned motel was on March 28th.

Thomas has had two previous encounters with Dothan Police on that same property and had been given a trespass warning in January, and then arrested for trespassing on April 8, according to police. Police say Thomas told them that he was homeless.

The investigation into Tuesday’s fire showed Thomas had copper that had been taken from an air-conditioning unit in the room where the fire was started. Witnesses say they saw Thomas leaving the room at the time the fire started.

Thomas was arrested and charged with second-degree arson, His bond is set at $30,000.00.

Police say a motive for the arson is currently unknown.

Stay with WDHN as we continue to follow this developing story.


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Fire Department is responding to an active fire at a downtown Dothan hotel.

Dothan fire units responded to the Town Terrace Inn on North Oates Street on Tuesday night. Reports say the fire started around 6:30 p.m.

Officials say no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. No one has been injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the DFD and Dothan Police.

WDHN has reporters on the scene now and will update with more info.

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