UPDATE: Man arrested after starting blanket on fire in motel

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Sioux Falls man has been arrested on arson charges as he’s accused of starting a fire in a motel room Monday morning.

According to police, fire crews were called to the 3000 block of West Russell Street around 2 a.m.

30-year-old Michael Pettigrew was arrested on reckless burning and arson charges after he says he started a blanket on fire. Authorities say Pettigrew went to a nearby motel and told an employee to call police after he started the fire.

Fire fighters say there was heavy smoke and fire coming from the back of the building on the first floor.

Crews were able to put the fire out within 15 minutes. Authorities say the fire damaged a first floor motel room.

One person reported smoke inhalation, but was treated on scene.

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