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ND hotel owners sure convicted arsonist

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The owners of the former Lone Steer hotel in Steele are suing the man convicted of starting the business on fire for $500,000.

The lawsuit also implicates the company for which Allen Thomas worked, identified in the complaint as "XYZ Corporation.''

A jury convicted Thomas in August of one count of arson and 18 counts of endangering by fire.

Thomas is slated to be sentenced on Nov. 7. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the 19 felony charges.

The hotel was destroyed by fire in August 2012. Several people had to jump from second-story windows to escape the blaze.

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