Christmas Eve fires in Beaumont

Christmas Eve fires in Beaumont

Beaumont firefighters responded to two calls from local businesses on Christmas Eve, one at Orkin Pest Control and the other at Red Roof Inn, reports Beaumont Fire and Rescue.

According to news releases from Captain Earl White of Beaumont Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to the Orkin Pest Control store located in the 5400 block of College Street in Beaumont at about 8:59 a.m. on Dec. 24. Upon arrival at the scene, units found a storage building at the rear of the business aflame. Firefighters were able to suppress the fire, and brought it under control within ten minutes, reports Capt. White.

After checking out the scene of the blaze, investigators determined the fire was likely caused by an electrical failure in the storage building. While the storage building was heavily damaged by the conflagration, firefighters saved the main building from major damage with their quick action. No one was hurt as a result of the fire, Capt. White reports.

Beaumont Fire and Rescue units were dispatched in response to a second business fire later the same day at about 1:33 p.m. after receiving a report of a fire in laundry room at Red Roof Inn located in the 2300 block of Interstate 10 South. Once at the scene, firefighters discovered the hotel's fire alarm sprinkler system had already contained the blaze, which reportedly started in a dryer of the hotel laundry room. The alarm at the hotel sounded and the sprinkler system activated in response to the fire and doused the majority prior to fire and rescue units arrival. Firefighters extinguished the burned remnants of pillows placed in the dryer at the laundry room, reports Capt. White. The hotel sustained moderate water damage from the activation of the sprinklers.

Guests were evacuated before firefighters arrived on scene, and no one was injured as a result of the fire.