Saturday, March 19, 2011 - 8:58pm
A fire heavily damaged a room at the Expo Inn located at 910 Ann Street. No one was in the room at the time of the fire.
Firefighters noticed smoke and flames as they approached the building and quickly extinguished the fire, which caused $25,000 in damage. A hotel staff member pulled the fire alarm, but not all guests evacuated, so firefighters had to tell them to leave the building.
The fire broke out at around 12:14 am and was contained to one room. Hotel staff is making arrangements for the guests to stay in another room. Red Cross is also assisting the family, one adult and two children ages 3 and 7, with other necessities.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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City of Madison Fire Department and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) remind you of these safety tips:
HOTEL FIRE SAFETY TIPS
Be safe when traveling
• Choose a hotel/motel that is protected by both smoke alarms and a fire sprinkler system.
• When you check in, ask the front desk what the fire alarm sounds like.
• When you enter your room, review the escape plan posted in your room.
• Take the time to find the exits and count the number of doors between your room and the exit. Make sure the exits are unlocked. If they are locked, report it to management right away.
• Keep your room key by your bed and take it with you if there is a fire.
• If the alarm sounds, leave right away, closing all doors behind you. Use the stairs - never use elevators during a fire.
• If you must escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
If you can't escape ...
• Shut off fans and air conditioners.
• Stuff wet towels in the crack around the doors.
• Call the fire department and let them know your location.
• Wait at the window and signal with a flashlight or light colored cloth.
- Bernadette Galvez, (608) 261-9844