COLUMBIA — A roof fire caused severe smoke damage at the Quality Inn in north Columbia on Tuesday afternoon.
Kasey Ryan, a general manager and director of sales at the Quality Inn, said she thought the fire started between noon and 1 p.m.
The Columbia Fire Department and the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the incident at 1:01 p.m. at 1612 Providence Road.
“We noticed smoke in the lobby,” Ryan said.
Guests lingering after a lunch meeting in the motel were asked to evacuate.
Columbia Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene shortly after. Firefighters requested a second alarm roughly 20 minutes after their initial arrival, according to a news release. A dozen firefighters, five fire trucks, one ambulance and four police vehicles were present about 2:30 p.m.
“There was a significant amount of smoke throughout the building,” said Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief Clayton Farr Jr. “There was quite a bit of damage in the lobby,” he added.
Everyone safely evacuated and no injuries were reported. “We’re just going to go through the process of cleaning up,” Ryan said.
Ryan said she hopes the motel will be open in 24 hours, but a reopening date has not been set. Assistant Fire Marshal Lisa Todd estimated preliminary damage costs to be $20,000, according to the news release.
Farr said an investigation is under way, but arson is not suspected.
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