VIDEO: No injuries were reported Monday after fire destroyed the Rainbow Motel in the town of Pamelia.
Volunteers from several fire departments were called to the motel on Route 12 at around 1 p.m. The black cloud could be seen a mile away. The heat was so strong, it could be felt across the street, hundreds of feet away.
It took more than an hour to bring the blaze under control.
“We’re trying to get accountability for all of the people that were staying here. There’s 28 rooms here and there was 13 rooms that were occupied so we’re trying to get everything confirmed at this point,” said Director of Fire and Emergency Management Joe Plummer.
Fire officials later said everyone renting a room was accounted for.
Officials said some firefighters were treated on the scene for “heat issues.”
Firefighters were also faced with the added challenge of bringing their own water to the scene.