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Fire At Comfort Suites Caused By Lightning

Posted at 12:27 PM, Jul 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-15 19:38:14-04

A fire at a Nashville hotel forced all the guests out of their rooms. 

The two-alarm fire at Comfort Suites was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday near Stewarts Ferry Pike and Percy Priest Drive. 

Hotel guests said they believe lightning struck the hotel. Around 3 p.m. Saturday, officials confirmed the official cause was a lightning strike.

Most of the damage was on the roof and the area above the fourth floor of the building. The hotel also sustained heavy water damage.

Guests said the fire alarms never went off, and they had to go door to door, trying to get people out of the building.

"When they smelled something, they said to go upstairs and get everybody out of their rooms. So me and him went and try to knock on everyone’s doors to get them to come outside," said Ozzy Ramirez.

Officials with the fire department said they're checking on the fire alarm concerns.

The manager of the hotel told NewsChannel 5 the hotel was near capacity and has been rendered uninhabitable until further notice. 

The Red Cross was assisting the guests.

No injuries from the fire were reported; however, authorities said one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be checked out for medical reasons.