The Journal Gazette
Monday, November 16, 2015 7:51 pm

Fire destroys part of north side hotel

Rebecca S. Green | The Journal Gazette
Flames destroyed a chunk of a Fort Wayne hotel Monday night, taking with it what 22-year-old Spencer Glosson brought with him for a 3-week stay.

Glosson, a contractor, and his crew were in the lounge of the Wyndham Gardens Hotel, 5750 Challenger Parkway, when a fire tore into the southeast corner of the building, through the rooms where they were staying.

As aerial trucks poured water from above and Fort Wayne Fire Department crews cut a trench through the roof, Glosson and Tyler Knight stood in the parking lot, staring at the charred walls that had been their rooms.

No injuries were reported late Monday night, said Fort Wayne Fire Department Deputy Chief Adam O'Connor.

With 37 occupied rooms in the hotel at the time of the fire, firefighters worked with hotel management to make sure all the guests were accounted for, O'Connor said.

O'Connor said the hotel was placing guests in the other hotels owned by the same group. 

Hotel fires are handled differently, because of the transient nature of the occupants and the difficulty in accounting for everyone inside the building at the time of the fire, O'Connor said.

It was too early Monday evening to determine the cause, but the fire marshal was on hand to investigate, O'Connor said.

The fire was reported by passersby at 8:58 p.m., with multiple callers to 911 describing seeing flames on the exterior of the building, including the second story and the roof.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 9:01 p.m., O'Connor said.

The fire had spread quickly into the attic of the building, and it required a lot of manpower and equipment to get it out, though crews had it knocked down quickly, O'Connor said.

Glosson's contractor crew, from Mississippi, arrived in Fort Wayne early Sunday morning and had been putting siding on a house on Monday.

Now the guys are trying to figure out how to get back home, and what possessions are gone.

"We lost everything," Glosson said. "It was blazing."


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