Fire at Hotel Requires Evacuation, Leaves One Dead

Older hotel's fire alarm system alerted residents, but aging hotel not required to have sprinkler system


A fire broke in a suburban Atlanta hotel killed one person and injured more than a dozen others.

At least 20 people had to be rescued early Sunday by ladder trucks from the burning seven-story hotel, located near a highway, said Marietta Fire Chief Jackie Gibbs.

The fire started about 3 a.m. (0800 GMT), apparently on the second floor of the Holiday Inn, firefighters said. The cause was under investigation, officials said.

The hotel did not have a sprinkler system, Gibbs said. It was built more than 30 years ago, before building codes required it.

Gibbs said the hotel's smoke and fire alarm system was working at the time of the blaze, although guests told Atlanta television stations that the alarms were faint and difficult to hear from their hotel rooms.

Holiday Inn officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment Sunday.

Eighteen hotel guests were treated for smoke inhalation and other injuries. Two firefighters were also injured, Gibbs said.

Gibbs declined to release information on the person killed until family could be notified.


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