Daytona Beach Fire officials say one person was injured in a fire that threatened a beachside hotel Thursday night. Daytona Beach Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Larry Stoney says firefighters were dispatched to a dumpster fire close to the Mayan Inn Hotel on South Ocean Avenue around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Arriving fire crews found "...heavy smoke coming from a storage-type structure next to the hotel with active flames endangering the east side of the hotel..." as well as vehicles in a nearby parking area. Firefighters along with Daytona Beach Police Officers started evacuating guests from the hotel while other fire crews attacked the fire.
Lt. Stoney says the aggressive attack by firefighters stopped the fire as it reached outside parts of the second floor balcony. However, one unidentified man was in stable condition at Halifax Hospital after he jumped from the second floor balcony onto a room on the first floor, and fire officials also say one vehicle was damaged by fire and heat. All guests at the hotel were allowed to return to their rooms later Thursday evening, and there was an estimated $80,000 damage to the hotel.
The exact cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but Lt. Stoney says the storage unit where the fire started was being used to store old hotel furniture and other debris during hotel renovations.
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