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    Provo firefighters battle two-alarm blaze at La Quinta Inn

    Provo fire crews battled a two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning at the East Bay La Quinta Inn. Investigators believe the fire began in the heating and air conditioning unit of an unoccupied second story room.

    PROVO -- A two-alarm fire in East Bay Wednesday morning left two shattered windows at a Provo hotel and required firefighters to rescue a woman from a second story window with a ladder truck.

    The fire was reported at 6:22 a.m. at the La Quinta Inn, located at 1460 S. University Ave. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Jolley said that by 6:45 a.m. the fire was extinguished.

    Firefighters believe the blaze originated with a window-mounted heating and air conditioning unit located in a second story window. The fire shattered that window, which Jolley said likely occurred due to extreme heat.

    Jolley said the room where the fire began was unoccupied, but a woman was staying in a neighboring room. She was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. According to Jolley, she was the only occupant in the hotel's west wing where the fire broke out, though the entire hotel was temporarily evacuated as a safety precaution.

    La Quinta Inn night auditor PJ Steiner said that he was working at the hotel when he heard the fire alarms in the building go off. He said he received numerous calls from hotel occupants, who helped each other evacuate when they discovered a fire had started.

    "The guests were on top of it," he said. "They got everybody out pretty quick."

    Steiner said that the guests and hotel staff had everybody out of the entire building within five or 10 minutes after the fire began. By 8:30 a.m. he said the front portion of the hotel was open again but that the west wing would remain closed. He did not know when it would re-open, or what may have caused the fire.

    Jolley did not have an estimate of the cost of the damage, but said it appeared to be mostly limited to the room where the fire began. Investigators were still on the scene mid-Wednesday morning trying to identify additional details about the fire's origin and cause.


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