Fire prompts evacuation of downtown Sheraton Hotel

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix hotel is working to relocate hundreds of guests after a fire triggered an evacuation Saturday morning.
 
Shanna Wolfe, a spokeswoman for Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel, says guests as well as hotel staff were safe after a fire erupted around 11 a.m.

"There was this really loud explosion," said Kit Schmitt, who was evacuated from the hotel. "The walls shook. We thought the chandeliers were going to fall."
 
Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene.

"Well, first of all, we wanted to make sure that everyone was safe and out of the building," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Troy Caskey. "We're talking about 800 people and that's no easy task."
 
The fire department says it appears an electrical fire broke out on the first floor. The fire was contained to the electrical room by a sprinkler, and the smoke subsided after the power was shut off.
 
Wolfe says some guests who need to leave or get to their vehicles are being escorted to their rooms to fetch their belongings.
 
Other guests will have the option of heading to another hotel.

The Sheraton said it will also work with incoming guests, as the hotel could be closed for days.

Situated in the center of downtown next to the city convention center, the Sheraton has about 1,000 rooms and 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Statement: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Evacuated Guests from Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel Being Relocated

PHOENIX – (Oct. 25, 2014) – Late this morning, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel experienced an electrical fire that resulted in an evacuation of the hotel. All guests and associates are safe. As a precautionary measure, the hotel has been coordinating the relocation of all current and incoming guests with other properties throughout the Phoenix area.

"The safety and security of our guests and of our associates is our highest priority," said Mike Ehmann, general manager for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. "Our goal in addressing this situation has been to ensure that everyone remains safe and comfortable with the least amount of disruption to their plans. We are making every effort to take care of our guests."

Added Mayor Greg Stanton: "The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is a city-owned hotel, and as such, Sheraton and city officials have been working closely together since this morning's fire to accommodate guests. The good news is that there were no injuries to guests, hotel employees or first-responders and all events are continuing as planned. I thank everyone for their great work under these challenging circumstances."

Since the incident occurred, guests and visitors have been able to reclaim their personal belongings and vehicles.

For those with reservations this evening, a representative will be in contact, or individuals may call (602) 262-2500 for assistance. More information will be provided on the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel website as it becomes available.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel opened on September 30, 2008, as the largest hotel in Arizona with 1,000 guestrooms.