Perkins hotel evacuates for room fire

PERKINS TWP. A handful of guests lost sleep Tuesday night when the La Quinta Inn was evacuated for a
Annie Zelm
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

A handful of guests lost sleep Tuesday night when the La Quinta Inn was evacuated for a fire in one of the rooms.

No one was injured, and the smoke was contained to a portion of the first floor in the front building, Perkins fire Lt. Eric Pearson said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and officials didn’t have an estimate on the damage late Tuesday night.

Guests waited outside after the fire alarms went off at about 11 p.m. and were relocated to rooms in a separate building on the property.

Hotel manager Nick Stancil said only 12 of the 62 rooms were occupied.

One room belonged to a couple who had hoped to settle in for a good night’s sleep after driving more than 12 hours on their way to Colorado from Massachusetts.

“This was not in the plans,” said Karen Turner, traveling with her son, Mike, and his fiancee, Sara Storch, as she helped them relocate to Boulder with all of their belongings. “We’ve been driving all day ... I wish I was sound asleep right now.” 

Though their journey is only about a third of the way complete, they chose to stay in Sandusky because the hotel was pet-friendly, she said.

Sara stroked her copper-colored puppy, Annie, as she tried to calm her down in the parking lot while fireman and police officers inspected the building.

Her pet bird, Marty, flapped anxiously in his cage nearby.

She said they were coming back from Steak N Shake when it happened.

“We heard the alarms, saw the smoke and then you hear, ‘omigod, there’s a fire,’” she said. “I ran in, grabbed (Marty) and (Mike) ran in to grab the dog.”

Patrick Vance said he was asleep when the alarms went off and waited at least half an hour before getting settled into another room.

“I have to be at work at 5:30 in the morning,” he said.

Stancil said he would “gladly honor” a refund for any hotel guests who asked for one.