Laundry room fire evacuates Southington motel - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Laundry room fire evacuates Southington motel

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Fire at Motel 6 forces guests out (WFSB) Fire at Motel 6 forces guests out (WFSB)

Dozens of motel guests in Southington were woken up and rushed out of their rooms because of a fire.

Firefighters were called to the Motel 6 on Queen Street. According to investigators, the fire started in the laundry room around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

"I came out, no shoes or anything, now we're trying to go to work now," said Robert Tevlin from Florida.

Tevlin said he and his crew of carpenters made the trip north for a job in West Hartford.

"[There was a] whole bunch of firefighters," Tevlin said. "[It was a] small room [with] smoke pouring out, lots of water, water pouring out the other side of the motel."

The fire was quickly put out, firefighters said.

"[The] biggest challenge is life safety," said Lt. Glenn Dube, Newington Fire Department. "At 4:30 in the morning, you're going to have people sleeping even with an alarm as loud as this. People need to be evacuated and then [there's] the potential for the fire to travel between floors and get into the attic and cover a large part of the building quickly."

Motel guests were outside but were eventually let back into their rooms. No one was hurt.

Those closest to the laundry room have been relocated to other rooms.

Crews in Southington told Eyewitness News the fire was contained to the first floor.

"The ladder company stopped it on the second floor before it got to the roof," Dube said.

They said the cleanup will center on that area.

The business will be able to stay open, according to the fire marshal.

The cause remains under investigation.

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