FIRE CHIEF: Large Williamston motel fire may be electrical

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (WITN) - Williamston Fire Chief James Peele suspects a large fire at an old motel may have started because of an electrical short.

Crews from several fire departments remained on scene Thursday morning after the blaze broke out at the old Magnuson Hotel, at 101 East Boulevard in Williamston around 9:30pm Wednesday.

Chief Peele says it took crews about 4 hours to contain the blaze.

Fortunately, at least this portion of the hotel is vacant and no one was inside at the time.

Fire crews from Williamston, Robersonville, Bear Grass and Jamesville all responded.

While the official cause of the fire has not been determined, Chief Peele told WITN's Elizabeth Bateson on the scene that they suspect it was electrical.

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Crews are battling a big fire tonight in Martin County.

It's at the old Magnuson Hotel, at 101 East Boulevard in Williamston, which we're told is vacant and not being used as a hotel at the time.

It was the Holiday Inn Express before that.

Martin County dispatch tells WITN the call came in around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition to Williamston, Bear Grass and Robersonville crews are on scene.

Stay with WITN as we learn more.