Fire at Red Lion Hotel at the Park forces evacuation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fire at Red Lion Hotel at the Park forces evacuation

SPOKANE, Wash. - A fire at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park along the Spokane River forced guests to evacuate the building early Monday morning. The Spokane Fire Department responded to reports of a fire alarm at about 2:20 a.m. and began to investigate a smell of smoke coming from inside the building located 303 W North River Drive.

Firefighters who arrived on scene initially couldn't see any sign of fire however Battalion Chief Ken Kirsch said that after a brief search they were able to locate a small fire in a lower level laundry room. The first crews on scene determined that the fire had mostly been extinguished by the building's internal sprinkler system so they were able to quickly put out the rest of the fire. They then began to investigate the fire's cause and check for any possible extension into other parts of the building.

A KHQ crew on scene estimated that at least 50 guests were forced to leave the building while the fire department swept the building and cleared smoke from the area near the fire. Judith Castle of Phoenix, AZ told KHQ that she was asleep when a voice came over the loudspeaker announcing that the hotel was being evacuated. She described the smell of smoke as she exited the building as an acid-like smell.

The fire department said that 31 firefighters on ten fire apparatus were involved in the fire containment operations checking rooms above the fire area and clearing smoke from the hotel. No firefighters, hotel staff or guests were injured in the fire.

A fire investigator was called to the scene and as of Monday morning the fire department said that the official cause of the fire was still under investigation. The fire department was on scene until just after 5:00 a.m. Monday.

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