Daytona Beach News Journal

Fire guts motel room on A1A
Staff report

DAYTONA BEACH -- Fire caused about $100,000 damage to the Esquire Beach Motel on Tuesday, firefighters said.

No one was injured in the morning blaze, but smoke damage spread to several rooms in the 67-unit building, said Fire Department spokesman Lt. John King.

Most damage in the motel at 422 N. Atlantic Ave. was contained to one room on the second floor, which was a total loss, King said.

The motel is valued at more than $2 million, King said.

The fire's origin is unknown, but the State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

The fire broke out about 9:45 a.m. in the second-floor room, which was unoccupied, King said. The room had been broken into Monday, but investigators are not sure yet whether that reported break-in had anything to do with the fire.

Firefighters contained the blaze in about 10 minutes, King said.

The 400 block of North Atlantic Avenue was temporarily closed while a water supply line was stretched from a hydrant across the street from the motel, he said. The Volusia County Beach Patrol helped direct traffic.