Thursday, October 30, 2008

Huntsville, AL: Arson at Strip Club

Chemicals found inside a south Huntsville strip club that caught fire twice in one day have caused investigators to rule the blaze arson.

Huntsville Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Cartwright said investigators have determined that the fire at Fantasies Gentleman's Club was intentionally set, but no arrests have been made in connection to the fire.

Early Monday, before the building was set afire, club manager Angelo Contino was arrested for allegedly holding three employees hostage. Two men and a woman were locked inside the club until 32-year-old Contino passed out, apparently from drinking too much, police said.

Contino was arrested and charged with three counts of kidnapping. He also was charged with assault for allegedly attacking another employee, a 28-year-old woman.

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