A two-alarm fire closed an Escondido motel again, just days after the place reopened with complete renovations to fix damage caused by a separate fire in 2015.
The Hacienda Motel, at the 700 block of N. Broadway, had only been open for two days when police and fire crews responded around 4:45 a.m. Friday to the report of flames in a room, Escondido Fire Department Battalion Chief Art Holcomb said.
The first firefighters on scene reported light smoke coming from the north side of the two-story motel, but the blaze soon intensified to fully engulf the room where the fire started.
“A second alarm was requested because of the potential threat to life,” Holcomb said. “Aggressive action by the firefighters contained and controlled the fire in approximately 20 minutes.”
Nobody was injured and other occupants of the hotel were not displaced, Holcomb said Friday. Eight engines, three trucks, two ambulances and three battalion chiefs responded to the blaze.
An employee reached by phone said the motel was closed Sunday and would likely remain closed for about a week. That would be a much quicker turnaround time than after the last blaze. According to Holcomb, the Hacienda Motel re-opened only two days prior to Friday’s fire after undergoing a full remodel “due to a significant structure fire almost two years ago.”
The 2015 fire was contained to two rooms, but several others sustained smoke and water damage, prompting the renovations.
The fire charred the inside of a first-floor room and left black burn marks outside the room, on the second-floor railing and on the facade. The department is still investigating to determine the cause.
— City News Service
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