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Welder's Torch Sparks Hotel Fire; Downtown Traffic Snarled

POSTED: 1:41 pm PST November 30, 2006

SAN DIEGO -- A fire that erupted Thursday in the basement of a landmark Core-Columbia hotel forced scores of guests and staffers to evacuate and snarled downtown traffic, but it caused only minimal damage to the 1920s-era structure, authorities reported.

A welder's torch sparked the noninjury blaze in a laundry chute at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in the 500 block of Broadway about 10:30 a.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Officials cleared everyone out of the 14-floor, 230-room building and blocked off several blocks in front of the hotel while firefighters located and doused the flames, SDFRD public information officer Maurice Luque said.

Crews had the small blaze extinguished within about five minutes, and the hotel reopened to the public about 11:30 a.m., Luque said.

Dec 2, 2006 8:32 am US/Eastern

Hotel Fire Claims One Life In NW Baltimore
(WJZ) Baltimore, Md A fire broke out in a motel room early Saturday, leaving one person dead, a spokesman with the Baltimore Fire Department said.

Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman, said the fire happened about 2:30 a.m. at an EconoLodge in northwest Baltimore. Cartwright said the fire was contained to the room, but smoke was emitted throughout the two-story motel.

The victim was a man, but Cartwright said authorities have not been able to identify him.

About 26 people were temporarily relocated to a bus, Cartwright said. "A cause has not officialy been determined yet," Cartwright said.


Teen Arrested In Connection With California Hotel Fire

Updated: 12-03-2006 01:01:12 PM

A 17-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with a two-alarm fire earlier in the day at a vacant hotel building in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials said.
Authorities said the teen, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile, will likely face charges of recklessly causing a fire in a commercial building, felony vandalism, burglary and trespassing.
The blaze was reported at 8:14 a.m. at the closed three-story motel once known as the Bradshaw Inn, which is located in the 3300 block of Bradshaw Road.
Fire officials said it took 40 firefighters about 45 minutes to control the blaze.
One firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his neck, officials said. He was treated and returned to work. There were no other injuries reported.
Another fire broke out at the motel on Nov. 17.
The building has a history of having homeless people break into it and live, officials said. The building is expected to be torn down, but it is unclear when that will happen.


Fire at Scottsdale Hilton

Dec. 9, 2006 05:13 PM

About 100 guests at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas were evacuated early Saturday morning in response to a fire that broke out near the hotel's ballroom.

According to Scottsdale Fire Department spokesman Dave Cieslak, firefighters responded to a 911 call from the hotel, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, at 5 a.m. to battle the blaze, which started behind a wall on the first floor and spread to the hotel's attic.

"Upon arrival, Scottsdale firefighters saw the heavy smoke in the courtyard and immediately upgraded it to a first-alarm fire," said Cieslak. advertisement Once the fire reached the attic, sprinklers were activated.

Because it was upgraded, 80 firefighters from five departments, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Rural/Metro and Chandler, responded to the fire, and brought it under control in about an hour's time.

Water and electricity were off through the morning, but Cieslak said services were restored in the afternoon and the hotel is open for business.

"Some of the guests chose to check in elsewhere and some chose to stay (at the resort)," said Cieslak.

No guests were injured from the blaze, however Cieslak said three firefighters were struck with falling debris. None was seriously injured.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and Cieslak said results should be reached Monday.

Inspection sparks blaze at Asbury Park hotel
ASBURY PARK — Firefighters responded to a smoke condition Wednesday about 10:30 a.m. at the Berkeley Carteret Hotel, fire officials said.

An annual inspection of the fire pump system ignited combustible materials when the exterior pump's exhaust system got too hot, said Garrett M. Giberson, fire inspector for the city Fire Department.

The exhaust pipes got extremely hot and had ignited flammable materials outside, causing smoke in the basement of the hotel, Giberson said.

No one was injured, Giberson said.

The fire pump services the sprinkler and stand-pipe systems used for firefighting services, Giberson said. The company that services the pump will submit a report to the fire department, he said.

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