Nobody was hurt in a fire that broke out in a Hope motel earlier this week, but the building has been all but destroyed.
The fire started at the Inn Towne Motel on Water Avenue on Tuesday at about 5:30 a.m.
Simon Guay, who lives next door to the motel, said that he has heard 10 units were damaged by the fire, including kitchenettes. Flames broke through the roof of the bungalow-style building, causing major damage.
People who initially saw the smoke knocked on his door as they thought it was his home on fire.
While no people were injured, at least two pets perished in the fire, according to Thomas Cameron, deputy fire chief at the Hope Fire Department. They were assisted by the Yale and District Volunteer Fire Department.
When fire crews arrived, one suite was fully involved in fire, which was rapidly spreading through the attic. While the fire was contained to the building of origin, the exterior of two nearby buildings suffered heat damage, Cameron said.
All people were out of the motel buildings when the fire crews arrived. There were 16 firefighters on scene until about noon. The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation by the fire department.
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