Fire damages room in Crowne Plaza Dayton hotel

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Crowne Plaza Fire

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Update@5:36 a.m.:

The fire has been put out and all guests who were evacuated have returned to the hotel, fire officials said.

A few people were evaluated because they had difficulty breathing as a result of the heavy smoke, but no one was transported to the hospital, said Jeff Lykins, deputy fire chief of the Dayton fire Department.

The fire started when an air conditioning unit malfunctioned in a third floor room, Lykins said. The room’s occupant woke up as the unit was sparking, and attempted to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, he said.

The guest then left the room and the hotel called 911. Firefighters have not determined the extent of the damage.

East Fifth Street remains blocked.

Initial report:

Guests are being evacuated from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton after a reported fire early Thursday.

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Initial reports indicate crews responded to the building, located at 33 East Fifth St., and found heavy smoke coming from the third floor.

East Fifth Street is blocked off at South Main Street for the incident.

We’ll continue to update this developing story.