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High winds make battling fire at fully-booked Hampton Inn in Brooklyn difficult

Guests evacuated, no injuries reported
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Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 16, 2022

BROOKYLN, Ohio — Firefighters responded Wednesday morning to a fire at the Hampton Inn near Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn.

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The hotel is located at 10305 Cascade Crossing, Brooklyn.

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A News 5 photographer captured images of smoke billowing from the roof of the building.

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According to the Parma Fire Department, the fire started on the fourth floor and then broke the roof. Crews responded around 9 a.m. High winds in the area hindered efforts to combat the fire.

Chris Ellis is the general manager at the Hampton Inn. He said this entire week through the weekend was booked.

“People that were working the events, obviously, downtown and staff and vendors and things of that nature ahead of the games and of course the fans visiting for the games,” he said.

He estimates about 250 people were supposed to stay at the hotel this weekend.

But instead, his staff worked throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday to make sure they had somewhere else to stay.

“We worked to get them in other places, you know, it’s NBA All-Star weekend so it’s not easy and it will continue to be not easy. The city and Northeast Ohio is sold out so it’s the worst of worst weekends to have this happen,” he said.

The Hampton Inn’s parent company, Hilton, covered the expenses and its insurance will take care of lost or damaged items.

Brooklyn Fire Chief Kevin Paul said the roof of the hotel partially collapsed and it was a tough one to fight due to Wednesday’s wild winds.

“It was crazy and challenging,” he said. “We were able to pull out the interior firefighters and then there was a significant collapse of the building.”

The department is still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Ellis said while the losses are high but he still is feeling grateful because no one was hurt.

“We got everybody out. No staff was hurt, no firefighters were hurt, no guests were hurt. We can rebuild the hotel and we will,” said Ellis.

He said he is hopeful to, at least, open part of the building on the opposite end of the start of the fire in the summer.

No injuries were reported.

Crews from Parma, Middleburg Heights, Valley View, Independence, Brook Park and Parma Heights provided mutual aid.

The American Red Cross also responded to the fire and helped firefighters and occupant

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