EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFire Marshals Say Cause Of Motel Fire Undetermined
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Reported by: Katelyn Sykes
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Chris Swope
Reported: Sep. 10, 2013 5:16 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 10, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
Chesapeake , Lawrence County , Ohio
The cause of an overnight motel fire in Chesapeake, Ohio remains undetermined, state fire marshals said.
Fire marshals said they will be reviewing security cameras in the area as part of the ongoing investigation into what caused the fire that destroyed the Travelers Motel in Chesapeake Tuesday.
The fire was reported about 3 a.m. Everyone inside the motel was able to make it out safely.
Anyone with information about the fire should call the state Fire Marshal's Office at 1-800-589-2728.
Two dozen people in Chesapeake, Ohio, are trying to find a new place to call home after the motel they were staying in was damaged by a fire.
Fire officials know it started in an abandoned building next to the motel, spreading to the motel but they are just not sure how it started.
Now as the state Fire Marshal's Office starts its investigation these people are left to start over.
"I'm just trying to stay positive right now," motel resident Amber Warner said. "And just hope you know that everything goes OK."
Warner is trying to stay optimistic after a fire destroyed everything she owns.
"I'm just heartbroken," she said.
Warner along with 23 other people were staying at the Travelers Motel when a fire broke out an an abandoned building, spreading to the motel. She said a neighbor was banging on her door at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.
"He said you better get out, this place is on fire," she said. "And then I looked around and saw it was in flames and I was just shocked."
Meisha Mcleod and her boyfriend, Alfonzo Pratt, were staying at the motel in the room right next to the building that was on fire. Mcleod said she could see an orange glow outside of her bathroom window before another neighbor pounded on her door, telling her to get out.
"I was just scared," Mcleod said. "I didn't know if it was going to blow or not so. It's just terrible. I'm thankful that I'm alive."
Fire officials said they could see flames shooting through both buildings, some 20 to 30 feet high. About 25 firefighters spent several hours battling the blaze. All 12 rooms suffered extensive water and heat damage.
"We got everybody out and everyone is safe," said Komal Shah, the motel's owner. "That's the main thing. Nothing happened to anyone."
Firefighters helped people into the building so they could salvage some of their belongings.
"I'm going to have to start over and just try to mend the pieces," Warner said.
The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.
The American Red Cross is helping the people displaced by this fire.
The owner of the motel estimates it will cost thousands of dollars to repair, but she plans on rebuilding.
An early morning fire destroyed a motel in Ohio.
The fire happened about 3 a.m. Tuesday at the Travelers Motel in Chesapeake. All 13 units of the motel were occupied at the time of the fire. Everyone was able to escape safely.
Investigators said the fire started in a vacant building behind the motel and spread to the building. Firefighters were able to get the flames under control, but all of the units were left with heavy smoke and water damage.
The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the victims. State Fire Marshals are expected to be on the scene later this morning to try to determine an exact cause of the blaze.
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