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No guests evacuated during fire at Marriott hotel

August 26, 2013

Nobody was hurt and no guests were evacuated when a fire started in a structural column at the Detroit Marriott Troy at 200 W. Big Beaver just before 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

According to reports, when firefighters arrived, flames were coming from a structural support column on the east side of the building. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and dismantled the exterior covering of the column to ensure the fire was out, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said in a release.

Firefighters raised ladders to gain access to the upper side of the structural column and canopy above it where they discovered scorching and smoke inside the concealed space, Roberts said.

He said the firefighters determined the fire was completely out and had not extended to the building. Some smoke had entered an electrical room on the first floor that activated a smoke detector and sounded the building’s fire alarm, according to reports. However, since the fire had been on the outside of the building and was extinguished, and it was a distance away from the hotel rooms, firefighters did not have to evacuate hotel guests, Roberts said.

The building’s ventilation system removed a small amount of smoke and odor from the building, according to reports.

The hotel remained open for business throughout the incident, Roberts said. Fire officials believe the fire started on the outside of the column, but the cause remains under investigation, Roberts said.

About the author

Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.

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