TFD Responds to Second Fire in Abandoned Hotel
Cause Under Investigation
February 06, 2014
Yesterday at 11:22 p.m., for the second time in three weeks, the Tallahassee Fire Department responded to an abandoned commercial building fire located at 2800 North Monroe Street. When fire crews arrived on scene at the three-story hotel, they encountered three rooms on the second level completely involved in fire. Firefighters stretched multiple hose lines and extinguished the fire inside several rooms. The fire spread through the walls to the upper floors, as well as the attic of the complex, requiring firefighters to set up a ladder truck and attack the fire from above. Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down by midnight and worked to extinguish hidden fires throughout most of the morning. Officials say no injuries were reported at the scene of the fire. Damages from the blaze were estimated at $200,000 and no injuries were reported at the scene. The building did not have any utility services on at the time of the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and believed to be started by vagrants. The Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Leon County EMS also assisted at the scene.
The Tallahassee Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s office would like you to call 1-877-NO-ARSON if you have information relating to this or any other suspicious fire. Arson tips can also be reported online at http://www.myfloridacfo.com.
Lt. Mike Bellamy, Public Information Officer, 850-606-6625
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