Safety Concerns Delay Hotel Fire Investigation
No Injuries Reported
December 2, 2002

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Firefighters continue to target hot spots Monday at the scene of a hotel fire in Osceola County.

Investigators have been unable to get inside the building because of safety concerns, WESH NewsChannel 2 reported.

Special equipment is being delivered from Tampa to help stabilize the structure.

It was an unexpected ending to the Bodner's Florida vacation.

"You could see the flames shooting way up into the air. It was scary," Joy Bodner said.

The family was sleeping at a nearby hotel when they heard sirens and saw the flames.

The blaze sparked in Building 10 at the Suites and Resort Hotel on Lake Cecile just before midnight. Guests pulled the fire alarm and called for help.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, but guests in an adjoining building were evacuated, officials said.

"It was one of the few times we've come down here that I didn't unpack, so it was kind of like we just grabbed everything, and we just took them downstairs and put them in the car," hotel guest Pat Pisillo said.

Crews created a water curtain between the two buildings before the sparks could spread, but once the blaze backed off, it was still unsafe for firefighters to go in.

"Some of the roof had collapsed. Some of the walls were leaning in, and the building is teetering," state fire inspector Al Cialella said.

Crews waited all night for special equipment from Tampa to remove the debris, clearing the way for an investigation.

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