By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A fire that started in pine landscaping spread to Super 8 Motel in Dublin Wednesday night, putting the business out of service until repairs are made.
Dublin Fire Department Capt. Brad Wright, who served as incident commander, said flames were visible 20-30 feet above the motel when he topped the hill at Northwest Hardware en route to the 10:09 p.m. call.
At that point, the call was upgraded from a brush fire to a working structure fire.
The fire started in decorative pines at the back of the motel, but the cause remains under investigation. Wright said the flames spread from the landscaping to Super 8’s exterior walls, then made its way to the second floor, where it spread into the walls and attic space.
Although he did not have a dollar estimate for the damage, Wright said two rooms on the second floor and a portion of the attic sustained fire damage. Two rooms on the lower level sustained water damage due to firefighting efforts.
All guests had to be evacuated and Wright said the facility will not be able to reopen until the hotel is repaired. No one was injured or required treatment, he noted.
Dublin was assisted by Newbern and Pulaski fire departments, REMSI, Virginia State Police and Pulaski Sheriff’s Office.