Fire in Anaheim Hilton 8th-Floor Room Is Doused by Sprinklers

TIMES STAFF WRITERS

A fire broke out in an unoccupied room on the eighth floor of the Anaheim Hilton and Towers Thursday night, but it was quickly extinguished by the hotel's sprinkler system, fire officials said.

A security guard suffered smoke inhalation when he went to the room to investigate the fire, but there were no other injuries, Anaheim Fire Department Capt. Larry Waterhouse said.

The two-alarm fire began shortly after 8 p.m. in Room 8-429, Waterhouse said, and it was confined to that room.

"It probably started somewhere near the bed," he said. "It was possibly set (deliberately), but we don't know yet."

About 40 firefighters were sent to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the overhead sprinkler system had already extinguished the flames, Waterhouse said.

The room where the blaze started and the one directly below it sustained water damage to bedding, carpet and walls, he said. The room above also sustained smoke damage. No estimate on the damage was immediately available.

The unidentified security guard who was sent to check on the fire was overcome by smoke after opening the door to the room, Waterhouse said. The guard was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and taken to Western Medical Center-Anaheim.

There were unconfirmed reports that some eighth-floor hotel guests were evacuated.

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