A news release from the Sedalia Fire Department states the department responded to a room on fire just after 11 a.m. Friday morning at the Econo Lodge at 3501 W. Broadway.

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke coming from two windows on the second floor of the north side of the building.

While trying to locate where the fire was coming from, moderate smoke filled two hallways on the second floor as well as light smoke on the first floor east hall. The fire was extinguished while secondary searches were done to confirm all occupants had evacuated the building.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Matt Irwin, the fire had been contained around noon and there were no injuries to report.

According to the release, two rooms on the second floor had sustained some fire damage as well as some fire extension to the attic space above one room. Crews were on scene for approximately two hours.

Due to the extent of the fire, the department requested an investigation by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the cause of the fire. Sedalia Fire Chief Greg Harrell said the marshal was on the scene until approximately 7 p.m. At this time the cause is still undetermined. They hope to have a definitive cause later next week.

With the exception of a couple of areas, the department has allowed the hotel to stay open.

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