Fire forces evacuation at downtown Dallas hotel

Crowne Plaza fire

Credit: Wendy Corona / WFAA

Some guests evacuated from the Crowne Plaza Hotel required medical attention from Dallas-Fire Rescue paramedics.

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Posted on December 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

DALLAS — A smoky fire forced the evacuation of hundreds of guests at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dallas Saturday afternoon.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said the first units to arrive at 1015 Elm Street shortly before 3 p.m. reported heavy smoke coming from the 22-story building.

Firefighters quickly identified and extinguished the source of the smoke in the south stairwell on the third floor.

Hotel management said all 387 guests at the hotel were safely evacuated; seven of them were treated by paramedics for minor injuries. One person was hospitalized for an unspecified burn injury.

The building, which dates back to 1969, will remain closed on Saturday evening while power is restored. Crowne Plaza management has arranged alternative accommodations for all guests.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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