Hundreds Evacuated From Dallas Hotel Fire

Fire breaks out at Crowne Plaza Hotel along Elm Street

By Reginald Hardwick
|  Saturday, Dec 1, 2012  |  Updated 10:25 PM CDT
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Hundreds evacuated after stairwell fire fills Downtown Dallas hotel with smoke.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Hundreds evacuated after stairwell fire fills Downtown Dallas hotel with smoke.

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A Downtown Dallas hotel fire caused the evacuation of nearly 400 guests on Saturday afternoon.

Dallas Fire Rescue said the fire happened in the south stairwell on the third floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 1015 Elm Street.  Firefighters responded to the call at 2:52 p.m.

Hotel management said 387 people were listed as guests at the time of the fire and everyone evacuated.

One person was taken to the hospital for further evaluation of possible burns.  Their name and condition have not been released. Paramedics treated some other people on scene for non-life threatening issues. 

As of 5:30 p.m., the fire is extinguished but electricity has been shut off to the hotel.

Management is now allowing all guests to gather their belongings and transfer to another local hotel.

Investigators are searching for the hotel fire's cause.

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