All of the guests on the second floor of the Santa Fe Hotel were evacuated this morning when a mattress caught fire in one of the guest rooms. The only occupant of the room was able to escape without injury because an automatic fire sprinkler activated above her head and extinguished the fire. The fire was ruled accidental; the result of careless smoking.
Fire dispatchers received a fire alarm signal from the Santa Fe Hotel, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, at 4:50 a.m. Hotel security called shortly afterwards and confirmed that smoke was visible on the second floor of the hotel. Hotel security quickly alerted guests and went room to room to make sure everyone was evacuated.
Fire station nine is located across the street from the hotel and was on scene in just a few minutes. When firefighters arrived on the second floor they found a slight haze in the hallway and when they entered the room with the fire, it was full of thick smoke. They found the fire was out due to the fire sprinkler.
About one third of the mattress burned as well as a small piece of carpet. Damage was estimated at $5,000.
The fire was ruled accidental. The only occupant of the room told fire investigators that she believed she was smoking and fell asleep in bed. An ashtray and other smoking material were found near the area where the fire started on the mattress.
Within an hour guests were returning to their rooms. Hotel management believed the room with the fire damage would be completely restored by tomorrow.
This is another save by an automatic fire sprinkler, resulting in minimal damage and no injuries.
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