OCTOBER 18, 2005 -- Police in Carolina Beach have arrested the man they say started two of the biggest fires the coastal town has seen.
John Patrick Shannon was taken into custody regarding two incidents of arson that include the historic Astor Hotel on Harper Avenue and a boarding house on Florence Avenue where he once lived. Both fires happened back in June.
News 6 interviewed Shannon after the fires. He made no indication he was involved. Police used a tape of the interview to help in their investigation.