GREENVILLE, Ala. (WSFA) - Greenville officials say the fire that consumed the Baymont Inn & Suites has been contained.
Police Chief Justin Lovvorn say crews remain at the scene making sure any hot spots do not begin burning again. Roads around the inn will remain closed until fire crews are completely done and the area is deemed safe.
The State Fire Marshals officer will begin surveying the damage later this morning to determine what may have caused the fire.
Pictures from the scene show the inn was at one point engulfed in flames. It appears the building’s second floor is destroyed.
According to Greenville officials, there were no occupants inside the inn at the time of the fire other than the owner. The inn had reportedly been closed for a maintenance issue.
Greenville Mayor Dexter McClendon says no one had to be evacuated from surrounding buildings and everyone appears to have been safe.
“I just happened to be at Walmart last night when the call came out and as I came out to go back to my car, I could see the flames from Walmart, which is just a short distance from here,” Lovvorn recalled. “I became very concerned then because this is a very populated area, a lot of businesses right around it on every side of it. And I immediately responded over here and it was already...the whole top of the roof was pretty much engulfed,”
The hotel is located just off Interstate 65 near Bates House of Turkey.