Editor's note: This article has been updated to include additional information.
The Sedalia Fire Department responded to a fire Friday morning at the Econo Lodge, 3501 W. Broadway Blvd., with no injuries reported.
Firefighters responded at approximately 11:04 a.m. Friday for a report of a room on fire, according to an SFD press release. Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from two windows on the second floor of the north side of the building. Crews assisted with moving some occupants from the building while they located the location of the fire. Moderate smoke filled two hallways on the second floor as well as light smoke on the first floor east hall. The fire was extinguished while secondary searches were done to confirm all occupants had evacuated the building.
Firefighters had to deal with light snow and winds while controlling the scene. The Pettis County Ambulance District was also on scene with the Sedalia Police Department assisting to block vehicles from accessing the area.
Sedalia Deputy Fire Chief Matt Irwin told the Democrat around noon there were no injuries and the fire had been contained to a couple of rooms inside the hotel.
According to the release, two rooms on the second floor had some fire damage as well as some fire extension to the attic space above one room. Crews remained on scene for approximately two hours. Due to the extent of the fire, the SFD requested the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
Sedalia Fire Chief Greg Harrell told the Democrat the marshal left the scene around 7 p.m. with the cause of the fire still under investigation. Harrell hopes to have a definitive cause later next week.
“He’s (State Fire Marshal) just going to call it undetermined while he’s doing more,” Harrell said. “He’s going to be reviewing pictures and he took some samples to send to the lab down at the highway patrol lab. He pulled several samples of stuff to take and send off.”
Harrell also said the department has allowed the hotel to stay open, with the exception of a couple of areas.
“We shut down two floors on the east wing,” he explained. “First floor and second floor on the east wing are closed. We’ve allowed them to remain in operation, those two areas are just closed.”