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Two alarm fire before dawn

Thursday, Dec. 12 | By Julie Taylor
Photo courtesy Randy Litzinger
Sectioned off is some of the damage caused by an early morning blaze.

Photo courtesy of RVFRD
Remington's new ladder truck 2 is utilized.
A fire occurred in the early morning hours in a Warrenton hotel. Around 4:40 a.m. dispatchers sent out a call regarding the smell of smoke. Quickly the status was upgraded to a structure fire at the Nuevo Inn off Comfort Inn Drive, according to Warrenton Volunteer Fire Chief Sam Meyers.

Fauquier County and Prince William County firefighters arrived to battle the two alarm fire within the brick and wood framed hotel. When units first arrived, heavy smoke was billowing from two sides of the building. Within minutes the blaze was apparent as flames began to shoot out.
The Fauquier County Sheriffs Office (FCSO) began evacuating the building. There was an initial scare that tenants were trapped on the second floor, but that was proved to be untrue, according to Meyers.

"The fire was contained relatively quick, but the type of building made it difficult to check for hot spots that hadn't been extinguished," said Remington Fire Chief Ian Brill.

"The bulk of the fire was knocked down and contained within the first 20-25 minutes, with the next approximately one and a half hours spent overhauling and checking for extension," Meyers said. About 20-30 occupants were evacuated from the hotel. No injuries were reported.

"FCSO fire investigators are looking into the cause and origin of the fire. At this time it does not appear suspicious," said Lt. James Hartman, spokesperson for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office.

"All units and crews did an outstanding job on initial tactics and scene control," Meyers said. He estimates the damage to be around $300,000.

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