“Of the 29 people who were staying at the hotel, 15, including a child, were hurt and suffered minor to serious injuries, fire officials said. Most of the injured suffered broken bones from jumping, fire officials said. Alejandro Lopez, 40, said he was trapped inside his room and the intense flames left him with only one option: Jump out of the window.”
A man was killed and 15 were injured when flames overtook a hotel early Thursday in Wilmington, forcing some people to jump out of windows.
People were trapped by flames inside the two-story Wilmington Hotel at 111 E. C St. shortly after 3 a.m. as firefighters arrived, said Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Other hotel residents jumped out of windows to escape the flames.
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“…In an evaluation of the hotel in 2012, the fire chief predicted the hotel’s ultimate demise stating, “In the event of a fire it is anticipated portions of the yellow brick will begin to fail at an early state in the fire’s development. To place the cities firefighters inside the yellow brick building under those firefighting conditions is to needlessly expose them to injury or death…”
Two weeks ago today an historic hotel, more than 100 years old, went up in flames. Tonight, we’re learning more about what Hot Springs city leaders did to try and prevent the Majestic Hotel fire. Talk to just about any Hot Springs resident and they’ll give you a memory of the Majestic.
One bystander said, “That was the restaurant there and 20 years ago my husband and I had our first date there.” Another person said, “We had our wedding reception in the Majestic.” In the 1950’s the hotel became so popular, construction crews added on to it.
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“…(the suspect) was the director of security — and according to his wife the fire safety director —- for the Yotel hotel near Times Square (and) set a series of blazes that shut down the building for days, freeing him to get liquored up on the job in guest rooms, FDNY sources said…(he) would light newspapers to set the rubbish fires late at night or early in the morning while he was on duty…No one was injured in the blazes, but the source said the small fires would also temporarily close the bars and nightclubs inside…the hotel would then be shut down for repairs, giving him a working vacation…”
City fire marshals arrested Barbosa, of West New York, N.J., on Friday, charging him with setting five small rubbish blazes in the hallways, stairwells and emergency exits at the Yotel on 10th Ave. over the past two years.
Before that, he allegedly set three fires at the Soho Grand Hotel on West Broadway — where he worked as a security guard between 2009 and 2010 — including one just before 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day that brought revelers’ celebrations to an early close.
Wearing a dark navy suit and a white dress shirt, Barbosa was ordered held on $50,000 bail. Manhattan prosecutors asked for $20,000, but the arraignment judge upped the request.
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“…occupants of the actual room where the fire started…woke up in the night to their fire alarm going off and could see fire coming out of the air conditioning unit in their room…the death of hotel guest Rena Goodson, 74, of Holly Lake Ranch, was attributed to smoke inhalation…she was carried from the burning building by firefighters and transferred to a Dallas hospital, where she died over the weekend…”
Fire investigators said Wednesday that the fire that claimed the life of a Holly Lake Ranch woman and destroyed a large part of the Best Western Trail Dust Inn started in an air conditioning unit. Assistant Fire Marshall Eric Hill said fire investigators Aaron Kager and David James interviewed hotel guests and combed through the burned out section of the hotel before making the ruling.
The fatal fire broke out sometime before 2 a.m. Saturday in the west wing of the hotel. The assistant fire marshall said the motel was booked to capacity when the fire broke out and forced evacuation of 58 people staying in that section of the hotel. Another 150 people were evacuated from adjoining buildings, which were threatened by the fire that stretched firefighting resources.
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“…workers said they think mattresses might have fueled the blaze, but Dallas Fire officials said they do not have an official cause of the fire…the fire was escalated to three alarms due to the size of the building and the hot and humid temperature inside…the renovated building was set to open as a new hotel in August 2013…”
A building being renovated into a new Homewood Suites was damaged after a three alarm fire midday Wednesday. Officials with the hotel chain told FOX4 workers were installing dry wall and flooring when the fire broke out on the fifth floor of the nine story building shortly before noon.
Construction workers were in the building at the time and were evacuated. The fire was put out by 12:30 p.m.
Fire officials said they believe the fire was accidental.
Management for the hotel told FOX4 they believe they will be able to make repairs and still open on schedule.
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“…(the cord) was stuck under the lamp and wore out after a while…friction likely caused the shorted cord to ignite, and sparks caused the carpet to catch on fire, which then spread to a couch and the wall…”
Starkville Fire Department officials confirmed the cause of a fire Thursday that destroyed the interior of a hotel room at Americas Best Value Inn & Suites on Miss. Highway 12 as electrical. SFD Training Officer Charles Yarbrough said he concluded in his investigation that the fire was started by a short in a lamp cord.
On Thursday, a shift manager at the hotel said she called 911 after a customer came into the lobby and said he saw smoke emitting from the back of the building. The manager, who refused to be identified, said neither the room where the fire took place nor any nearby rooms were occupied at the time the smoke was first reported and there was no one in the vicinity of the fire.
Yarbrough said everything in the room, from the furnishings to the walls would have to be replaced, but said the hotel’s structural integrity was satisfactory as the rooms were designed to contain and isolate fires.
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