Sulphur Springs motel damaged in fire

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Posted on June 8, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Updated Saturday, Jun 8 at 6:29 PM

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SULPHUR SPRINGS — At least one person was injured and dozens were evacuated early Saturday morning when three-alarm fire ripped through a motel in Sulphur Springs.

The first alarm went out around 4 a.m. at the Best Western Trail Dust Inn on Interstate 30.

"The fire started right above us," said hotel guest Jordan Whitlock. "You could feel the heat when you opened the door; you could feel the heat from the floor, and just smoke coming down."

Witnesses said there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the roof of the two-story building. Police, firefighters and the hotel's night manager all helped rescue guests, some of whom had to climb through windows to safety.

"I went out the sliding rear window on the second floor," said Peter Piona. "Two police officers helped me down."

One woman was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. She was reported to be in critical condition.

The fire damaged 29 rooms as the building's roof collapsed. The cause of the blaze was under investigation.

"Hats off to the crews," said interim Fire Chief Eric Hill. "There was multiple rescues throughout this structure while it was even going on."

The American Red Cross was providing assistance to victims.

Sulphur Springs is 75 miles northeast of Dallas.

WFAA photojournalist Robert Flagg contributed to this report.

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