UPDATE 3:23 pm Thursday, Feb 7 – The cause into the early morning fire at Super 8 on Highway 105 continues. Captain Jacob Burleson, spokesman for Boone Fire Department, tells WataugaOnline.com that the fire was on the second floor, and an upholstered chair in the entrance had been on fire. The fire activated the sprinkler system which suppressed the fire through three sprinkler heads. Fire crews also used a handline to fully put the fire out.
Captain Burleson added that a search of the rooms on the second floor began and was continued on the other three floors of the building for occupants. Several occupants were found that did not evacuate and were escorted out of the building by fire department personnel during the building search.
By using a list of occupants for the night, crews were able to verify that everyone was out of the building.
As conditions allowed, occupants of the building were escorted back to their rooms to retrieve any belongings
23 firefighters responded to the scene or stations to cover Boone's district.
The initial fire dispatch occurred at 3:10 am, with the second structure fire dispatch occurring at 3:16 am. Fire crews were still on the scene as of 11:30 am and did not totally clear the scene until 3 pm.
Captain Burleson would like to remind everyone that they should evacuate buildings when they see or hear the fire alarm activate. This is for your safety as well as the safety of emergency responders.
9:38 am Thursday, Feb 7 – Boone Fire Department was dispatched out to a reported structure fire at Super 8 on Highway 105 early Thursday morning.
The dispatch occurred a little after 3 am. The fire was reportedly on the second floor between rooms 215 and 201, according to scanner dispatches at the time
No other information was immediately available from Boone Fire Department officials on Thursday morning. WataugaOnline.com will update as more information becomes available.