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One critically injured in morning fire at Best Western

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At least one person was sent to Parkland Hospital in serious condition after being rescued from a hotel fire early Saturday morning. The blaze broke out at Best Western Trail Dust Inn shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, resulting in evacuation of the entire hotel — which was at full capacity like other hotels in town due to tournaments, Dairy Festival and graduations being held this weekend.

 

One person, an elderly female, was located and rescued by Hopkins County firemen as Sulphur Springs firemen held the fire off of them to allow the search and rescue. According to reports, CPR was initiated started on the woman, who was transported to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The woman was believed to have suffered smoke inhalation, not burns.

The blaze was contained to one of the three sections at the hotel. The two wings with rooms on the sides which run north and south were OK. The top right half of the front section, from just left of the lobby to the ends on the far right, was destroyed. The bottom units also sustained significant fire and structural damage as well, while the rooms immediately to the left sustained some heat and smoke damage. Overall, at least a dozen rooms and the lobby of the hotel were affected.

Evacuation and containment of the blaze were the combined efforts of local law enforcement and firefighters.

The blaze was first called in shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday as smoke in the lobby of Best Western. Sulphur Springs firefighters and police were dispatched. Dispatchers received a second call from the hotel within seconds, reporting heavy smoke in the lobby. About a minute later, smoke and fire were reported within the structure. Sulphur Springs Police arrived on scene first, reporting fire flaming out of the roof. Hopkins County firemen also responded. An evacuation was immediately started on all three sections by police.

SSFD had dispatchers activate their call back list, calling in all off-duty firemen on their roster to assist. In addition to the engine and three-man crew from Hopkins County Fire Department, Cumby and Brinker Volunteer Fire Departments also sent crews and apparatus to aid in the fire-fight. Sulphur Springs Police Department called in additional officers and Hopkins fight. Sulphur Springs Police Department called in additional officers and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office provide deputies to assist with crowd control to prevent the evacuated individuals waiting outside from attempting to enter the work area or returning to their rented rooms while firefighters battled the blaze. The local chapter of the American Red Cross also responded to aid officials, and help with immediate food or clothing needs. Hopkins County Emergency Medical Services personnel were on standby to help keep firefighters hydrated and from overheating and treat any indiviudals who did get too hot, injured or burned. 

Officials were told at least one person was unaccounted for and believed trapped inside the building. City firemen held the fire back to allow county firemen to get in and get the woman out.

As the roof began colapsing on the front right side of the structure, firemen backed out of the structure and began a defensive attack on the fire using deck guns for an more airial attack on the blaze.

Firefighters had the fire under control within two hours, then worked for at least two more hours at the scene to ensure all hot spots were extinguished to ensure so no smoldering embers remained to rekindle.

“It burned from the Burton side toward DPS. My firemen held it while they did searches. The fire burned off the roof. We got a good stop. Only that one section burned. Everyone did an excellent job. There was only one injury,” said SSFD Assistant Chief Tim Vaughn midmorning Saturday.

The cause of the fire had yet to be determined late Saturday morning. SSFD Investigator Aaron Kager was at the scene late Saturday morning investigating the charred structure to try to ascertain point of origin and cause.

 

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