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Cortland Fire Responds to Dryer Fire at Hampton Inn

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Around 9:10 in the evening on Thursday, December 28th, Cortland Fire responded to the Hampton Inn for an automatic alarm going off. Cortland Fire says their C-shift was returning from a call when they noticed the alert on their computer screen and Engine 202 was on scene before the call was officially dispatched to emergency personnel.


Firefighters found an active alarm inside the building with the building’s occupants being evacuated to the parking lot. Staff at the hotel reported a laundry dryer was on fire inside the building.

Cortland Fire reported smoke conditions which worsened as firefighters made entry to the laundry room. Firefighters found activated sprinklers and smoke detectors in the area of the dryer. The dryer had burnt laundry both inside and outside the unit.

The fire suppression system at the Hampton Inn along with the detection system worked as intended, Cortland Fire Captain Drew Hill said in a press release. Two sprinklers were activated to knock out the fire by spraying water directly onto the fire. A fire extinguisher was also used by staff.

The fire temporarily displaced the nearly full hotel for the time being; 61 of the 69 rooms were occupied at the time. Cortland Fire worked to remove smoke and water from the affected areas inside the hotel. Before guests were allowed back into their rooms, firefighters checked the entire structure with a gas meter to ensure there were no further hazards.

No one was injured during the fire. Cortland Code Enforcement and the Fire Investigation Division assisted Cortland Fire with operations.

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