A Fountain Valley man was convicted Wednesday of causing an explosion that started a fire inside his Santa Ana hotel room.

Thanh Van Quang, 39, was found guilty by an Orange County Superior Court jury of one felony count each of arson of an inhabited property and possession of a flammable material with sentencing enhancements for arson with use of an accelerant, according to a release from the Orange County District Attorney's office.

Quang has four prior strike convictions from 1998 for voluntary manslaughter, assault with a firearm and two felony counts of robbery, and faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in state prison if convicted of the prior strike offenses, the release said. A bifurcated trial will be held on his prior convictions on Dec. 20.

The incident started around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 2012, at the Pueblo Motel where Quang is accused of getting into an argument with the manager regarding inviting guests to his room.

About an hour after their conversation, Quang allegedly walked to a nearby gas station and purchased a canister and a gallon of gasoline before returning to his room.

The release said that around 4 p.m. the same day, Quang caused an explosion in his room, damaging it and neighboring rooms. A surveillance camera captured the defendant removing items from his motel room before the explosion, according to the statement.

—Anthony Clark Carpio and Beau Nicolette

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