ELYRIA — A fire in a first-floor room at the Inn of Elyria caused damage to nearly the entire north wing of the hotel Monday night.
The fire likely began by the window of the vacant room, either through a lamp or heating/air conditioning unit in the wall, but spread to much of the room before firefighters arrived about 5 p.m., according to Elyria Assistant Fire Chief Ron Brlas.
Firefighters tore down most of the outside wall of the room to gain access, and extinguished the flames within minutes. The fire was contained to the room, but about 20 nearby rooms suffered smoke and water damage, Brlas said.
The damage is estimated at about $30,000 to the structure and contents.
All occupants were evacuated while firefighters doused the blaze, and those staying in the north wing were moved to the other side of the building for the night.