Electrical fire at Durham hotel under investigation

Durham County News
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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire at a hotel Monday morning that left major damage to two rooms.

Fire crews responded to the Extended Stay America located at 4919 S. Miami Blvd. at 1:43 a.m. in reference to an electrical fire in a guest room, Durham Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Iannuzzi said in a release.

One guest, Josh Davis, told CBS 17 that he saw fire coming out of the wall and decided to help put out the fire instead of leaving the building.

“It could have been an old lady and that was my main concern,” he said. “You are important. If I can help you, I’m gonna help you.”

Upon arrival at the hotel, “firefighters found a smoke condition in room 116,” the release said. Guest evacuation was already underway due to the smoke alarm going off, Iannuzzi said.

Firefighters went room to room opening walls and checking for extension of the fire for about an hour before crews determined the fire had been extinguished.

According to officials, a mechanical room and room 116 suffered extensive damage.

The hotel’s guests returned to their rooms around 3:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no one was injured, officials said.

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