When staying in a hotel or motel whether for vacation or business travel, we expect that we are safe on the premises. Earlier this week, a motel fire on the east side of Columbus, Ohio took the life of one man and police officials and community members are saddened and left wondering how this could have happen.
According to accident reports, Columbus Fire Division officials were called to the scene just before 6 p.m. on Monday when heavy smoke was reported at the Capital Motel.
Hotel employees then opened Room 11 for paramedics and a 56-year-old man was found lying on the floor near the bed.
Firefighters worked quickly to put the fire out before it spread to other rooms in the motel. While this was happening, paramedics tried their best to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead shortly after. The motel’s manager stated that the man had been living in the motel for over a month and stayed at the motel another time in the past.
He added that he was a good tenant and never caused any issues. Fire officials are currently conducting an investigation into what caused the fire, but did say that it does not look suspicious. Officials have not said whether or not they think the man was smoking in his bed. An oxygen tank was also in the room because the man used it for health reasons. The victim’s name was not released for quite some time while officials waited to inform his family members.