Fire damages hotel on Tucson's west side

2013-10-21T07:46:00Z 2013-10-21T08:01:30Z Fire damages hotel on Tucson's west sideVeronica M. Cruz Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 21, 2013 7:46 am  • 

A west-side hotel was damaged by a fire that started in one of the rooms early Monday morning. 

Several people called 911 shortly after midnight to report a fire in the 1200 block of South Freeway, near 22nd Street and Interstate 10, Capt. Chris Jurvig, a Tucson fire spokesman said in a news release. 

When crews arrived they found heavy smoke coming from a first-floor hotel room and forced the door open, the release said. 

Witnesses described flames as being up to 15 feet high. 

Seventy people were evacuated from rooms near the fire, while crews worked to put out the blaze. 

An adult, a child and two dogs were in the room when the fire started but got out safely. 

The fire was brought under control within eight minutes and crews prevented the fire from spreading to other rooms, however several adjacent rooms had smoke damage, the release said. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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