The fire broke out late Friday afternoon at the Studio 6 Extended Stay, located in the 11200 block of Highway 281 South, near the Rhapsody intersection.
The fire spread from the second to third floors of the hotel and billowing flames could be seen erupting from the roof, causing it to collapse on top of several firefighters.
Firefighters experienced a scare when a portion of the roof collapsed, appearing to hit nearby firefighters. However, no firefighters were hurt.
When the roof collapsed, Hood said firefighters implemented a defense approach and let one of the hotel’s buildings burn.
“That’s one of those moments when your heart just goes to your feet because we have reports of firefighters trapped,” Chief Hood said.
Crews feared the worst but fortunately, every firefighter made it out safely.
Engines full of crews waited in the wings, ready to go at a moment’s notice.
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