Fire Breaks Out In High-Rise Texas Hotel

NASSAU BAY (September 17, 2013)--Nobody was hurt early Tuesday in a fire that broke out in a high-rise hotel in Nassau Bay, forcing the evacuation of about 300 guests and employees.

Nassau Bay fire Chief Tom George says the fire was reported before dawn Tuesday at the 14-story Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake near Johnson Space Center.

George says an automatic alarm from a smoke detector alerted emergency personnel to the second-floor laundry room.

George said a sprinkler system put out the small fire, which was reported shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday.

He says guests and Hilton staff were evacuated for about two hours as the smoke dissipated and fire crews restored the sprinkler and elevator systems.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

No damage estimate was immediately available and a Hilton official didn't immediately comment Tuesday.