Fire forces evacuation at hotel near DFW Airport

Westin Hotel fire

Credit: Taka Yokoyama / WFAA

An electrical fire at the Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport hotel on July 17, 2013 forced the evacuation of 450 guests and employees.



Posted on July 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 9:33 PM

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IRVING — A two-alarm fire at a hotel near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Wednesday night forced the evacuation of 450 guests.

The blaze was reported around 7 p.m. at the Westin hotel at Highway 114 and Esters Road.

"They ended up having a fire in an electrical control room, and had quite a bit of smoke showing when they arrived," said Irving Fire Department Assistant Chief Tony Harvey. "It ended up being an electrical fire in one of the breaker boxes in the utility closet."

Guests in the 15-story structure used stairways to reach safety. The fire knocked out power to the entire building.

"We were on the 14th floor," said guest Carolyn Faulkner of Tehachapi, California. "We tried to go down the elevator, but they had that shut off, so then we turned around and we walked down the stairs."

She said she smelled no smoke and there was no panic.

"When there is smoke showing, we will evacuate the building as a precautionary measure until we find out exactly what we have," Chief Harvey said.

The fire was confined to the utility room. Power was restored at 8:40 p.m. and guests were permitted to return to their rooms.

"They've been great here at the Westin, coming out, serving us beverages, water, ice cream," Faulkner said. "Although we've been sitting out here, they have been very accommodating to us."

No injuries were reported.

WFAA photojournalist Taka Yokoyama contributed to this report.