NEW INFO: Fire Forced Evacuations At Motel 6 In Greenville

Fire investigators say a fire Sunday morning at a Greenville motel was caused by an electrical problem.

Some 40 rooms in one wing of the Motel 6 on Greenville Boulevard had to be evacuated Sunday morning because of the fire.

No one was injured in the fire.

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A Greenville motel caught fire Sunday morning, along Greenville Boulevard.

Red Banks Road, from Evans Street to Greenville Boulevard, was closed as firefighters worked on the scene.

Officials say people in rooms surrounding the area had to be evacuated, but no one was hurt. There were about 40 rooms in that section of the motel.

Original reports from the scene stated the motel was a Red Roof Inn, but WITN has confirmed the motel is a Motel 6.

One person on the scene said the fire appeared to start in a utility room or supply area, but fire officials said it was too early to confirm the origin of the blaze.

A big plume of smoke could be seen from Red Banks and Greenville Boulevard just after 11:00 a.m., but as of 11:45 a.m. it was no longer visible.

There is no word on the cause of the fire. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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  • by Ja Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 03:25 PM
    This was the Red Roof Inn before it was Motel 6. It was named something else before that. Can anyone remember the name; I can't.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Feb 22, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    Ah, okay. I was wondering what what going on. I had to drive down Evans to Arlington, then follow Arlington to get over to PetsMart. Fire engines and roadblocks everywhere.
  • by me Location: me on Feb 21, 2010 at 11:54 PM
    wow, talk about leaving the light on for ya!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Feb 21, 2010 at 11:10 PM
    I guess this is the same fire that was reported earlier as being the Red Roof Inn?
  • by tp on Feb 21, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    another meth lab, in my opinion
  • by George Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    I had family stay at that Motel few years ago. They stayed 1 night and went somewhere better. They said the place was a zoo and when they complained to the front desk about the noise at 3AM they felt like they were ignored. I would never recommend the place to anyone.
  • by eric Location: greenville on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    The fire alarm did'nt even go off in our room. Like i said I heard the alarm's outside and thought I was smelling something so i pulled my alarm clock down to see if it had batterie's I'm glad me and my family did'nt lose our life's
  • by Shannon Location: N. on Feb 21, 2010 at 04:34 PM
    I was at Motel 6 this morning when the fire started, it was really scary because waking up to burning smoke is no joke. I went back upstairs to try to get my belongings, but was stopped by the thickness of the smoke. It was dark, thick black smoke and was hard to breath. We couldn't leave and had to sit and watch as the fire fighters put out the fire. They were constantly kicking in doors to make sure the building was evacuated. I'm glad they have the fire sirens in the hotel, because they were very useful in helping me get out in a timely manner. The staff was doing a goof job at making sure everyone was aware that the building was on fire. But, while this is true, with the doors being kicked in afterwards I don't think that the building we stayed in is going to be ready to stay in anytime soon.
  • by jack on Feb 21, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    sarcasism acting fire chief states cause is undetermined so motel can re-open same as the peaden grill hmmmm- real problem here folks
  • by eric Location: greenville on Feb 21, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    I acually stayed in the motel 6 lastnight. Woke up to the fire alarm's outside going off. So I called down stair's to see if I needed to evacuate the room. Was acually told "NO" by the lady at the front desk. Scared I packed up my belonging's after smelling burning plastic. Checked to see if the fire alarm in my room worked I pulled it off the wall to see if there was a batterie in it. Heard yelling outside so ran out. Saw a huge flame coming from the side of the building. Think it was the Laundry erea.
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