Guests safely evacuated

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 09:49 PM.

Zaccardelli indicated that at least one person used a fire extinguisher in an attempt to put out the flames.

Zaccardelli said the smoke detectors in the hotel worked and gave ample warning for the hotel guests to evacuate.

“All the alarms went off,” he said. “They were actually just checked a few weeks ago when the fire marshal came out here and did an inspection.”

The hotel guests were standing outside the front lobby when firefighters arrived shortly after the 7 p.m. call. They were allowed back inside the lobby shortly afterward, as many had left without grabbing coats to guard against temperatures in the upper 40s.

A manager on duty at the hotel said she was too busy looking after her guests to comment.

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