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Oct-15-2006 12:07
Prank Causes the Early Morning Evacuation of 340 People From the Phoenix Grand Hotel

Hundreds of sleeping guests got an early morning wake up call.

(SALEM) - Hotel guests at the Phoenix Grand Hotel in Salem were roused from their sleep early Sunday morning when the hotel's fire alarm system was activated. Guests on the second floor reported smoke in the corridor on their floor.


Salem Firefighters received the call for a commercial fire at 201 Liberty Street SE at 5:26 AM on Sunday according to Spokesman Bill Holmstrom. Hotel guests told first the arriving firefighters that the second floor was full of smoke.


Firefighters investigated the second floor and determined that the smoke hotel guests' saw was actually dust from a fully discharged fire extinguisher.


No other problems were found as firefighters searched other floors. Guests were allowed back into their rooms about 20 minutes after the incident began.


Holmstrom says the incident appears to be an illegal prank by someone. They say they aren't sure who was responsible for the prank.


Salem Police are conducting an investigation. Hotel staff told them that someone pulled all the fire extinguishers from the cabinets on the 2nd and 3rd floors just last weekend.

 

.Officer Injured In Hotel Fire Hailed A Hero

WASHINGTON, PA A Washington police officer, who was seriously injured while trying to help residents escape a hotel fire over the weekend, is being hailed a hero today.

Flames and thick smoke quickly spread through the George Washington Hotel in downtown Washington around 1pm Sunday.

Firefighters had a difficult time getting the fire under control.

"When I left my house and saw the smoke which was probably a ½ mile away, I knew we were in trouble," Washington City Fire Chief Linn Brookman told KDKA. "The heat was so intense…heavy smoke throughout the building, numerous people trapped – we just had to fight it floor by floor."

Officer Ron McIntyre went inside the building to make sure the residents got out safely, when he became trapped by the heavy smoke.

McIntyre apparently tried to lower himself out a window using a fire hose when he apparently lost his grip and fell several stories.

McIntyre was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital; but all the tenants got out safely and the building was spared.

Amazingly, the hotels' restaurant was back open for business this afternoon. "We had a disaster restoration company getting the smoke out," the building's owner Kyrk Pyros told KDKA. "We're back up and running."

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer McIntyre," Pyros adds. "We're really worried about him and his family."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation

Washington, Pa., hotel fire probed
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The state police fire marshal is investigating a weekend fire at the historic George Washington Hotel in Washington, Pa.

The fire began just after 1 p.m. in the 10-story building, which is now used as apartments, offices and an assisted living facility.

A Washington police officer, Ron McIntyre, was seriously injured when he fell from a seventh-floor window during the blaze. He was trying to lower himself with a fire hose from the window when he lost his grip and fell to a roof overhanging the fourth floor of the building.

Officer McIntyre was taken to UPMC Presbyterian. Officials there would not release any new information on his condition yesterday. It was listed as serious on Sunday.

Washington Fire Chief Linn Brookman said that work to restore the hotel has already begun. He estimated the damage at $1 million. It includes heavy fire damage to he second, third and fourth floors and smoke damage on floors five through 10.

The hotel opened in 1923 and has about 50 tenants and 37 assisted living residents. The residents have all been temporarily moved to other nursing homes, hotels or taken in by relatives, Chief Brookman said

 

Blaze forces hotel evacuation
October 19, 2006
ABOUT 12 people have been evacuated from a central Queensland hotel during a blaze that damaged three rooms and a car.

No one was injured in the fire that erupted at the Port Curtis Hotel in Yarroon Street around 1.50am (AEST) today, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) said.

A QFRS spokesman said two of the rooms were well alight when firefighters arrived.

"The whole hotel was evacuated," the spokesman said.

"The fire was brought under control in half an hour ... there was damage to two rooms and a bit of smoke damage to a third room, and one car was also damaged."

He said the fire didn't seem suspicious but investigations were continuing

Man charged over hotel fire
October 20, 2006 07:47am

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a Gladstone hotel.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers were called to the Port Curtis Hotel in Yarroon Street around 1.50am (AEST) yesterday after a security officer noticed flames coming out of one of the rooms.

About 12 people were evacuated from the building as the blaze destroyed three rooms and a car.

The accused, from NSW, will appear in Gladstone Magistrates' Court this morning.

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