Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Firefighters have a 2-alarm fire at an east Wichita hotel under control.
The fire broke out shortly before noon at the Holiday Inn, located on the southwest corner of Kellogg and Rock in east Wichita.
Initial crews on scene reported smoke and flames showing from the fourth floor of the hotel and called for a second alarm.
The fire set off the automatic alarm and sprinkler system, which had most of the fire contained even before firefighters could get into the room.
The building was also evacuated while crews searched for anyone who may have been trapped.
Everyone was quickly accounted for, but EMS did treat a hotel maintenance man for a minor case of smoke inhalation. He refused being taken to the hospital.
Investigators have determined the fire started in the heating unit of an unoccupied room. The fire was contained to that unit and the nearby curtains. There is extensive water damage in that room.
Damage is estimated at $200,000. The hotel guests have been allowed to go back inside.
KAKE's Deb Farris was on the scene of the fire and will have the full report, and interviews with some of the guests on KAKE News at 5 and 6.
Photo courtesy of Alex Donner