Firefighters Say Structural Surprises In Travelodge Blaze
They thought it was just a typical fire, but Gainesville Fire Rescue say t was one of the toughest fires they've seen in 10 years. Sunday evening Gainesville Fire Rescue went back to Travelodge on Williston Road to see why it took so long to extinguish the flames.
The fire was so difficult to put out that it took all of Gainesville Fire Rescue, leaving no other resources. In an attempt to avoid a situation like this in the future, firefighters examined the building to see what caused them delays. What they found were large vacant spaces between rooms that made the fire difficult to put out.
"We don't typically see this in modern construction, it's an opportunity to look back in time and see other buildings that were built in the same era." Lieutenant Keith Saunders says they are now better prepared to approach a similar situation. By the time the fire was finally put out at 4:00 the next morning, District Chief Jeff Lane says it reached seven hotel rooms and caused at least a million dollars in damage.
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