Three-Alarm Fire Heavily Damages Motel

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 31, 2013)--A three-alarm fire heavily damaged several rooms early Thursday at a Super 8 motel in Oklahoma City, but there were no serious injuries and guests were safely evacuated.

Fire Chief Marc Woodard told The Associated Press more than 50 firefighters battled the three-alarm blaze from the first call before 3 a.m. Thursday.

He said the motel on an Interstate 35 service road was about 50 percent occupied, but guests got out without injury.

Woodard says the fire appeared to be suspicious, but he declined to elaborate, saying he didn't want to compromise the work of investigators.

Woodard says the fire gutted two upstairs rooms and a storage area on the south side of the two-story motel, while two ground-level rooms just below had major smoke damage.

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