A fire that damaged a hotel Thursday afternoon in Fort Smith is believed to have begun at ground level and spread upward, according to an official with the Fort Smith Fire Department.
Fort Smith Fire Marshal Tommy Bishop said he believes the fire at Best Western, 2900 S. 68th St., began from a condensing unit that caught fire from adjacent underground wiring that was "in bad shape." He said the fire then spread vertically through a hollow area that runs up the two-story building and then horizontally through the attic area in the building.
Bishop gave a loss estimate of around $250,000 to the building. He said no one was injured in the fire.
Fort Smith firefighters received the call in reference to the fire at 5:27 p.m., Battalion Chief Teddy Abbey said at the scene of the response Thursday. The initial cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Firefighters contained the fire to the upper floor of the hotel, Abbey said. Bishop said the fire itself did not have a significant impact on the hotel rooms, and that minimal damage was done to customers' property.
Fort Smith police and personnel with Fort Smith Emergency Medical Services were on standby during the firefighters' response, Bishop said.
The fire was put out by around 6:45 p.m., Abbey said.
Times Record reporter Alex Golden contributed to this article.