SCHERTZ — Investigators are working to determine what caused a blaze that tore through a hotel Saturday night.

When firefighters arrived at the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 17650 Four Oaks Lane just before 9 p.m., they saw smoke pouring out of the fourth floor and roof of the building, according to a news release from the city of Schertz.

The hotel was evacuated by staff and first responders, and crews from several area fire departments were called to assist battling the blaze. Schertz police officers helped control the traffic and the crowd.

High winds made fighting the fire more difficult, according to the statement.

“Firefighters worked aggressively through the night and into the early morning hours to extinguish the fire which continued to reignite due to winds in the area,” the release stated. “After a long battle trying to suppress the flames the fire was fully extinguished around 2:45 a.m.”

While crews from Schertz, Cibolo, Selma, San Antonio, Live Oak, Bracken, Universal City, New Braunfels, and Randolph fire departments worked to extinguish the flames, firefighters from St. Hedwig and New Berlin fire departments manned the Schertz fire houses.

Three people were reportedly injured during the incident and were transported to an area hospital where they were treated and have since been released, according to the statement.

Additionally, a dog was found unresponsive on the third floor of the hotel, the release stated.

“Thanks to the efforts of Schertz EMS and Animal Control the dog should make a full recovery,” according to the release.

Crews evacuated 146 people from the hotel and they were all relocated to other hotels in the area, the statement said.

The hotel appears to have received fire and smoke damage to the fourth floor and roof, while the bottom three floors have “extensive water damage,” the release stated.

The cause and origin of the fire have not yet been determined. The fire is under investigation.

 

Felicia Frazar is the managing editor of the Seguin Gazette. You can e-mail her at felicia.frazar@seguingazette.com .

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