2,000 evacuated in
Disneyland hotel fire
LOS ANGELES - Some 2,300 guests were evacuated from the
Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel, at the world-famous
amusement park in Anaheim, on Wednesday after a Christmas
tree caught fire in the lobby.
The fire did not spread due to the hotel's sprinkler system
and the quick work of the Anahiem Fire Department. There
were no deaths but two guests were treated for minor injuries
Two minor injuries were reported in the blaze, which broke
out about 3 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EST) on the artificial,
35-foot (10.5-meter) tree at the 745-room hotel.
"It was electrical in nature. It was the lights on
the Christmas tree," Anaheim Fire Department spokeswoman
Maria Sabol told reporters.
She said the hotel sustained moderate water and smoke damage,
and guests were allowed to return to their rooms within
a few hours.
"It was scary and cold and I didn't have shoes on
or anything," guest Jillian LaPolla told local KNBC-TV.
Disney spokesman Rob Doughty said the guests were temporarily
housed at the hotel's convention center, where they were
provided with blankets, food, drinks and other essentials.
He said Disney officials were conducting an investigation
of the incident, along with the Anaheim Fire Department,
and would offer a free night's stay at the hotel to all
of the evacuated guests.