Fire at DoubleTree Hotel caused by a grease fire

Doubletree Hotel fire (Mickey Cevallos/ReportIt)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crews say the fire that broke out Friday morning at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Austin has now been put out. About 100 firefighters showed up to the high-rise building, of which the top three floors were evacuated.

The hotel is at 401 West 15th St., between Guadalupe and Lavaca streets. Fire crews responded to the hotel around 9:50 a.m., and roads were blocked off in the area.

Someone on the 14th floor said he smelled smoke. Smoke could be seen coming from the top of the building for several minutes.

The Austin Fire Department determined the fire was caused by a grease fire in the kitchen’s ventilation system. All guests are back in the hotel but the kitchen will likely be out of service for the weekend.

Meanwhile, one person was being checked for respiratory issues. It is uncertain where that person was in relation to the fire.


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