Massive fire destroys central Texas hotel during historically cold winter snap

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Massive fire destroys central Texas hotel
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The flames towered high into the air in Killeen as it took several hours for firefighters get it under control.

KILLEEN, Texas (KTRK) -- A massive fire broke out in a hotel in Killeen, Texas, after the building's sprinkler systems failed to work due to frozen pipes.

On Friday night, the Killeen Fire Department arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Killeen to find "fire coming from the roof above the fourth floor of the four-story hotel," according to a statement from the fire department.

Seven agencies responded to the fire and were able to control it just after midnight.

"Firefighting efforts were hindered due to automatic sprinkler system being out of service because of frozen pipes," the fire department said.

The hotel was reportedly at full capacity at the time of the fire, and all 102 of its rooms were in use. The fire department transported some of the displaced guests to the Skyline Baptist Church after the incident, and the American Red Cross has been contacted to assist them, according to the statement.

No firefighters were injured, the fire department said, adding that one occupant of the hotel was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released, and two occupants transported themselves to a local hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

The fire came as the state continues to struggle with power outages and pipe bursts due to the extreme winter weather that hit this week. On Friday morning, there were still hundreds of thousands of Texas without power and millions still scrambling for drinking water.