Firefighters Douse 'Hidden' Fire in Grants Pass Hotel

The Grants Pass Travelodge was forced to evacuate patrons when a fire broke out within a wall and attic space.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 11:00 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Firefighters were able to locate and extinguish a "hidden" fire at the Grants Pass Travelodge hotel on Wednesday, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS). All patrons of the hotel were safely evacuated.

Firefighters responded to reports of smoke at the hotel just before 8 p.m. When crews arrived, they found smoke pouring from roof vents on the hotel's second floor.

GPDPS says that fire crews quickly deployed their lines up the building's stairs while they worked to locate the source of the fire. Meanwhile, police worked to help evacuate hotel patrons.

Firefighters pinpointed the source of the smoke to a "hidden" fire inside a wall and attic space. Crews had to pull down parts of the ceiling and wallboard in order to open up a space and work to extinguish the flames. They also checked to see if the fire had spread to any other rooms nearby.

GPDPS says that no firefighters or civilians were injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and anyone with questions can contact Fire Marshal Joe Hyatt at 541-450-6200

"Grants Pass Fire Rescue would like to remind everyone to always have working smoke detectors," the agency said in a statement. "They save lives."

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