For Immediate Release:
Glendale, WI: This morning at approximately 11a.m., the Bayside Communications Center received a call from a commercial alarm monitoring agency reporting an activated fire alarm at the Motel 6, located at 5485 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale. While on the phone gathering information from the alarm agency, the Communications Center also received a 9-1-1 call from a tenant at the hotel reporting a fire on the third floor. Dispatchers immediately upgraded the response with additional resources due to the updated information coming from the structure.
Glendale Police Department units in the area arrived on scene first, and quickly confirmed the presence of a working fire. Additionally, the officers bravely began an orderly evacuation of the remaining occupants; assisting a number of elderly or physically disabled occupants from the building prior to the arrival of fire crews. The first arriving fire units found a small fire in a third-floor maintenance closet. There was moderate smoke throughout much of the third floor.
Fortunately, the fire sprinkler system within the hotel activated and prevented further fire growth. Crews initiated an aggressive offensive fire attack and rescue operation of the remaining occupants. The fire was brought under control and extinguished quickly.
One occupant of the hotel reported a minor injury that occurred while evacuating the building. She was evaluated by paramedics on the scene and declined transport to the hospital. There were no other injuries to the occupants or emergency crews operating on the scene.
Fire and smoke damage to the building is minimal, however, due to the activation of the fire sprinkler system, there is extensive water damage on all three floors in the affected wing. The preliminary damage estimate is approximately $100,000.
All of the occupants in the affected area were assisted with accommodations in other available rooms within the hotel.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation by the North Shore Fire/Rescue in conjunction with the Glendale Police Department. Additional details regarding the investigation will be provided at the appropriate time.
North Shore Fire/Rescue was assisted on scene by the Milwaukee Fire Department, the Glendale Police Department, Milwaukee County Transit and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.
For more information regarding this incident, please contact Captain Dan Tyk, at 414-357-0113 ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.