Fire engulfs four rooms of Williston Road hotel

All occupants of the Travelodge were evacuated. No one was injured.


Gainesville Fire Rescue and Alachua County Fire Rescue members work at the scene of a fire at Travelodge on Williston Road in Gainesville on Thursday.

Erica Brough/ The Gainesville Sun
Published: Friday, January 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:45 p.m.

A fire engulfed at least four guest rooms at the Travelodge near the corner of Southwest 34th Street and Williston Road Thursday night, but all occupants of the hotel were evacuated and apparently no one was injured, authorities said.

Carol Davis, spokesperson for Alachua County and Gainesville Fire Rescue, said a Gainesville police officer on patrol in the area noticed smoke coming from the hotel and called for firefighters' help at about 7:52 p.m. Thursday.

As of 9 p.m., the firefighters were still battling the blaze, which continued to burn in the plywood in the hotel's walls, Davis said.

Davis said that she was not sure whether or not any of the four rooms that were badly burned had occupants at the time the fire broke out.

She could confirm that there were motel guests staying at the hotel, and that they had been safely evacuated by the time firefighters arrived.

While Davis said the fire damage appeared to be mostly confined to the four guest rooms, she said other parts of the hotel had suffered smoke and water damage.

As of Thursday night, Davis said there was no indication as to what started the fire, but Davis said she expected fire investigators to arrive at the hotel shortly.

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