fire forces guests from their rooms
Nov 23, 2006 01:12 PM
Smoke could be seen pouring from the window of one
of the motel's rooms.
Guests were forced from their rooms as firefighters
contained the blaze.
Nearly 80 emergency officials responded to the scene.
A two-alarm fire sent motel guests at the Airport
Inn on Brooks Road out into the streets early Friday
Nearly 80 firefighters were called to the scene of
the fire, which started just before 2:30am. Emergency
crews worked quickly to make sure everyone staying
at the motel, which was nearly full, got out safely.
Emergency officials said the fire started on a mattress,
and was contained to one room. Chuck Reinhardt, who
was staying at the motel, said the heavy smoke made
for a scary sight. "I smelled smoke," he
said. "When I opened the door, smoke hit me in
the face. It was bad."
Officials said the hotels concrete construction helped
contain the fire.
The motel is popular among truckers, and many said
they hoped to get back to their rooms to rest before
they had to get back on the road.
While officials are still searching for the person
who was staying in the burned room, no injuries were
reported in the blaze. Witnesses said the occupant
of the burned room may have been intoxicated.
The fire caused an estimated $200,000 in damage.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.