Car fire, bomb threat spark hotel evacuation

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Nearly 50 people were evacuated from A Victory Inn Hotel & Suites in Phoenix after a bomb threat on the heels of a car fire there Monday morning.

It started shortly after 5:30 a.m. with a car fire in the parking lot of the hotel at 17th Avenue and Bell Road.

The owner of that car tried to douse the flames himself. Another person from the hotel tried to help.

The car owner, whose name has not been released, told police that somebody was trying to kill him. Investigators learned that the man was part of a love triangle. He told officers he had been seeing another man's wife, going on to say that he believed the husband was after him.

Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to quickly extinguish the car fire. Those crews were just getting ready to leave when a 911 call changed the situation. It was a bomb threat.

Emergency responders on the scene immediately made the decision to evacuate the hotel.

"They were just pulling away and all of a sudden the truck shuts off and the next thing I know, they said there was a bomb threat and they're evacuating the building," a man on the scene said.

"We were sleeping and we woke up to firemen pounding on our door, telling us we had to evacuate the building because there was a bomb threat," a hotel guest said.

Crews searched the area with the help of a bomb-sniffing dog and found nothing suspicious.

Hotel guests were allowed back into their rooms by 7 a.m.

Police are talking to the man whose car burned. It's not clear if they are questioning anybody else about the car fire.

No injuries were reported in the course of the incident.