Squirrels cause fire in pool room at local hotel

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 22, 2016

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Firefighters evacuated guests from their rooms at the Homewood Suites, 1495 Equity Drive, the morning of June 18 after a fire was reported in the one-story pool building attached to the four-story hotel just after 8 a.m.

Firefighters found smoke in the attic of the pool room, and they discovered that a ventilation unit had overheated and caused the smoke, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer. Lights flickered throughout the inside of the hotel, and DTE Energy was called to the scene.

Hotel occupants were asked to remain outdoors until the source of the power issue was confirmed. Crews repaired the electrical short, restored the hotel to full power and deemed it was safe for hotel guests to return to their rooms at 10:25 a.m., according to reports.

“Squirrels got into the wiring at the poles, causing the brownout in the hotel and the ventilation motors to overheat without enough power, causing the fire,” Riesterer said. 

No one was hurt, and there was no estimate of the costs of the damage at press time.