UPDATE: Man facing arson charge for Decatur hotel explosion

The explosion damaged one of the rooms on the second floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
The explosion damaged one of the rooms on the second floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

One person is at UAB in Birmingham with burn injuries.

Posted: Jun 5, 2018 9:41 AM
Updated: Jun 5, 2018 5:47 PM

A man is facing an arson charge for an explosion that happened late Monday night at a Decatur hotel.

William Charles Davis, 39, of Falkville, is facing a charge of third-degree arson after a butane canister exploded in his room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue NE.

Davis was tampering with the canister when it exploded, severely damaging his room, according to Decatur police. They said they believed drug use may have been the reason Davis had the canister.

The explosion happened on the second floor of the hotel, forcing a short evacuation for hotel guests and staff.

Davis was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham to be treated for burns. Once he's released, police said he would be arrested.

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