|FIRE AT RITZ CARLTON SENDS
FOUR TO HOSPITAL
05/02/07 12:55 PDT
Investigators from the Half Moon Bay Fire Protection
District are still trying to determine what caused
a two-alarm fire at the Ritz Carlton Hotel Sunday
night that sent four employees to a local hospital.
According to Battalion Chief David Cosgrave, investigators
believe the fire started in a room on the fifth floor
of the hotel, located at 1 Miramontes Point Road,
at around 10 p.m.
When firefighters arrived at the hotel, Half Moon
Bay police and hotel security had already begun evacuating
guests from the affected floor, Cosgrave said.
After investigating the smoking room via the hotel
stairwell, firefighters were able to determine that
several hotel employees using fire extinguishers had
already extinguished any flames. The fire did not
extend to adjacent rooms.
By using a thermal image camera, firefighters were
able to ensure any remaining conflagration had been
extinguished, Cosgrave said.
According to investigators, the fire is believed
to have started in the area of a desk inside the affected
room. After clearing smoke from the room, all evacuated
guests and employees were allowed to return to the
The four employees sent to local hospitals were all
treated and released for minor smoke inhalation, Cosgrave