The State Fire Marshall’s Office is assisting in investigating the cause of a Daytona Beach hotel room fire Monday morning. Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney says crews were dispatched to the Regency Inn around 8:30 Monday morning, and reported “…a column of heavy black smoke coming from the one-story concrete block construction building…” as they arrived on the scene in the 600 block of Ridgewood Avenue. Guests were evacuating the building also, but Lt. Stoney reports that no one was injured in the blaze. Firefighters made an offensive attack on the fire and were able to confine it to the single room. Daytona Beach Police also closed Ridgewood Avenue between Madison Avenue and North Street, so firefighters could extend hose lines to the building from the street.
Lt. Stoney says the State Fire Marshall’s Office was called in to help investigate the fire, due to “…conflicting reports [about how the fire started] and evidence found at the scene.” No other hotel rooms were badly damaged in the blaze, but damage to the one room that was destroyed was estimated at around $65,000. Fire units at the scene included Tower Five, multiple fire engines, Fire Rescue and EVAC ambulance crews and Daytona Beach Police.
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