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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hotel Fire Causes $1.5Million Dollars In Damage

On Jan. 17, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to a multi-alarm fire at 601 Orange Ave., Days Inn.

The call was received in the E-911 Center at approximately 2:26 p.m., and was under control at 5:23 p.m.

About 59 personnel responded to the fire, including Roanoke County's Air Truck and REMS Squad.

Crews found heavy smoke and flames. Conditions became hazardous so firefighters began to attack the fire defensively.

Smoke could be seen from miles away and the fire caused four lanes of Route 460 to be shut down because of fire hose being laid to a blue hydrant on the opposite side of the street.

The fire had many challenges due to void spaces, and other areas within the hotel which allowed the fire to spread.

The hotel was under renovation when the fire started. There were a few workers in the building when the fire started. There were no injuries.

Fire investigators are trying to determine the exact origin and cause of the fire.

Damage estimates are approximately $1.5M to the building and $250,000 to the contents, but this number could rise.

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