Teen who set fire at Germantown hotel will undergo treatment

(WMC-TV) - The teen who admitted to starting a fire at a Germantown hotel is now in the custody of the Department of Children's Services.

The 15-year-old girl will receive intensive mental health treatment, per the recommendation by staff psychologist Dr. Sidney Ornduff.

The judge based her decision to place the teen in DCS care after Dr. Ornduff said the girl was a danger to herself and to others.

The teen will return to court in 60 days for a status hearing.

The girl admitted in court to starting the fire at the Germantown Homewood Suites on May 6. She said she set her clothes on fire in a closet at the hotel.

Four days before the hotel fire, flames tore through the family's home in Cordova. That home was once owned by the late Isaac Hayes.

In March, another fire damaged a home where the teen's grandparents once lived, just a few blocks from the former Hayes home.

Despite her admission to setting the fire at the hotel, the teen has not been named as a suspect in the two other fires.

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