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Man charged after cat killed in pub fire

Jack GramenzAAP
A man is due to face court accused of igniting a fire at an inner west Sydney hotel.
Camera IconA man is due to face court accused of igniting a fire at an inner west Sydney hotel. Credit: AAP

A man is due to face court accused of igniting a fire at an inner west Sydney hotel that killed the pub's cat earlier this week.

About 20 people including staff, patrons and residents were rescued from the second-floor awning of Marrickville's Royal Exchange Hotel, with several treated for smoke inhalation following a fire just before midnight on Monday.

The recently renovated hotel was extensively damaged in the fire, and its resident cat was later found dead under a bed.

Police were seeking a man they say was seen running from the scene shortly after the fire broke out.

A 54-year-old man was arrested at a Newtown unit on Thursday morning and has been charged with destroy/damage property with intent to endanger life and dishonestly obtain property by deception.

He is due to face Newtown Local Court on Friday.

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