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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.