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HOTEL FIRE NEW JOURNAL-37
 

Ritz guests ordered out in fire

Four fire engines tackled the blaze
About 300 guests and staff were forced to leave The Ritz hotel in central London when a fire broke out.
The London Fire Brigade said four engines attended the blaze in Piccadilly at 1420 GMT and were there for more than two hours.

The brigade said the fire began on ducting on a basement pipe which runs the height of the seven-storey hotel.

The basement suffered minor damage but guests and staff were later allowed back inside

Worker injured in electrical fire at Marco Marriott; hotel evacuated

January 29, 2007

A worker received serious injuries after an electrical fire at the Marco Island Marriott Resort this afternoon that forced the hotel's evacuation, according to Marco city officials.

An outside contractor was performing maintenance on the hotel's electrical system when an explosion occurred resulting in a fire, city spokeswoman Lisa Douglass said.

The Marco Island Fire Department received the call at 2:42 p.m. and responded two minutes later.

The worker was transported to the hospital with severe burns. Three other workers received minor injuries and declined further treatment. Bob Pfeffer, the Marriott's director of sales and marketing, said four guests were treated for minor smoke inhalation.

The explosion filled the hotel's South Tower with smoke and forced the evacuation of the entire hotel, which was at 732-room capacity, as well as cutting power to the building, Pfeffer said. The hotel's South Tower remains evacuated and without power. Guest have been allowed to return to the North Tower, which has 318 rooms.

Fire crews from Golden Gate, East Naples, Isles of Capri and Collier County Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene.

Marco Marriott back to normal after fire, outage
One worker was hurt in the Monday electrical fire; resort’s South Tower had no power overnight

By Liam Dillon

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Business slowly returned to normal Tuesday at the Marco Island Marriott Resort, following an electrical fire that sent one worker to the hospital and cut power for more than a day to one of the hotel’s towers.

The worker injured in the fire was released from the hospital Monday night, according to an official from the worker’s company.

George Nink, 45, of Fort Myers, a superintendent with the Fort Myers Division of Tri-City Electrical Contractors, received treatment at Downtown Naples Hospital for first- and second-degree burns on his hands and forearms, said Charles McFarland, a senior vice president and chief financial officer for Tri-City.

Nink was working on an electrical panel in the hotel’s South Tower, McFarland, Marriott and Marco Island Fire Department officials said.

According to McFarland, the breaker “flashed out” and a small explosion occurred. That started the fire and sent smoke throughout the building.

The fire cut power to the Marriott’s North and South towers and forced the hotel, which was at its 732-room capacity, to evacuate its guests.

The hotel restored power and allowed guests to return to the 318-room North Tower on Monday evening. Power slowly was being restored to the South Tower on Tuesday after the hotel received two emergency generators from Tampa.

“There was a big round of applause when power in the lobby came back,” said Bob Pfeffer, the Marriott’s director of sales and marketing.

At press time, Pfeffer said that the South Tower did not have full power, but he expected it to be restored by the end of the night.

Monday night’s power outage presented a difficult situation for the hotel. Not only is it the height of tourist season, it also is hosting a 650-guest conference of the American Societies of Association Executives.

Seventy-five guests chose to relocate to other hotels, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, on the Marriott’s expense.

“Whatever rooms we had left (Monday) we just gave them,” Hilton General Manager Mac Chaudhry said. “We wanted to be good neighbors. It could have happened to our property.”

The hotel paid for rooms for those who stayed in the South Tower on Monday.

Guests seemed pleased with the Marriott’s response, which included providing bottled water and glow sticks.

Renee Gecsedi, 43, a New York resident in town for the conference, decided to stay at the Hilton on Monday. She wished the hotel had made a general announcement that alternative accommodations were available, but was otherwise satisfied.

“I think the hotel really did what they could,” Gecsedi said. “I’m not happy about having to sit here and not have a room, but what are you going to do?”

Anne Blouin from Washington, D.C., and Eileen Schmidt from West Virginia stood in the lobby late Tuesday afternoon after their conference ended. Schmidt said Monday night’s situation was like a snowstorm: it forced everyone into one place. There was a hidden benefit in that: networking.

“This is where the energy was last night,” Blouin said.

Four fire departments and Collier County Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene Monday evening, according to Jeff Kutzke, a Marco fire division chief. The full incident report from the department won’t be available until Friday, Fire Chief Mike Murphy said.

 

 


Early-Morning Fire Damages Waterfront Hotel, Bar

January 30, 2007

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Police said a small blaze damaged a waterfront hotel and bar early Tuesday morning off Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Officials said the fire started around 1:30 a.m. at the Days Inn Bahia Cabana Restaurant, and guests staying at a hotel across the street saw smoke coming from the front of the building and called firefighters.

The Days Inn is located off 3001 Harbor Drive.

Fire rescue said it took 10 minutes to extinguish the flames.

Investigators on the scene told NBC 6's Tisha Lewis that his is the third fire in nine months at the restaurant.

It is still unclear what sparked the blaze, officials said.

Police said no one was injured, but two of the guests had to be moved to a different room after the power was turned off to one of the hotel's four buildings.

By breakfast time, Days Inn officials had its business back to normal at the hotel and bar

 
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