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No major injuries after massive Killeen hotel fire, sprinkler system out of service due to frozen pipes

Hilton Garden Inn fire
Hilton Garden Inn fire
Hilton Garden Inn fire
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Posted at 9:08 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 13:55:13-05

KILLEEN, TX — Numerous guests have been displaced after a massive hotel fire in Killeen.

The Killeen Fire Department said they were dispatched to the report of a structure fire at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 2704 O.W. Curry Drive, around 8:27 p.m. Friday.

Fire crews arrived at the scene to find fire coming from the roof above the fourth floor of the four-story hotel.

According to the Killeen Fire Department, firefighting efforts were hindered due to automatic sprinkler system being out of service because of frozen pipes.

The fire suppression efforts were assisted by a total of seven agencies and seventeen pieces of apparatus.

The fire was under control around midnight. The Killeen Fire Department Chief told 25 News that crews would be on scene all day Saturday as winds picked up, causing small fires to spark.

Hilton Garden Inn fire

The hotel was reported to be at full occupancy of all 102 rooms at the time of the fire.

According to Killeen Fire, there was reported to be one occupant of the hotel who was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

They also received reports of two occupants that transported themselves to a local hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

There were no fire fighter injuries reported.

The Emergency Management Office of the Killeen Fire Department transported a number of the displaced occupants to the Skyline Baptist Church to provide relief from the elements.

The American Red Cross has been contacted to assist the displaced occupants.

Killeen FD said if you were a displaced occupant of the hotel, please contact (254) 501-8864 and leave your name, room number, number of occupants and a good phone number or email.

Saturday afternoon, the Killeen Police Department announced guests would be able to retrieve their property from the hotel. The items were packaged by room number and will be verified by hotel management.

Vehicles that were in the parking lot are also able to be retrieved.

Guests are asked to come to the front lobby from the entrance off O.W. Curry. People should not enter the four-story building, as it is structurally compromised, Killeen PD says.

On Tuesday afternoon, Hilton Garden Inn said in a statement, once authorities provided clearance to enter the hotel lobby, they reached out to those affected.

The Hilton Garden Inn is currently reaching out to guests to provide them with more information in order to make arrangements to retrieve personal belongings.

Guests can reach out to Hilton Garden Inn directly at actkl_gm@hilton.com for more information.