Fire marshal: Lightning strike caused fire at Jacksonville hotel

Fire marshal: Lightning strike caused fire at Jacksonville hotel

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - The Jacksonville Fire Marshal has determined that a lightning strike caused the fire that damaged a Jacksonville hotel in November.

On Wednesday, Jacksonville Fire Marshal Jeremy Pate confirmed the fire that damaged the La Quinta Inn and Suites on Nov. 12 was caused by a lightning strike. He said he’s seen some work crews out from time to time working on the repairing the damage.

According to Keith Fortner, Fire Chief for the Jacksonville Fire Department, firefighters received a call on Nov. 12 around 3:45 a.m. from a La Quinta located in the 1900 block of South Jackson Street.

La Quinta's parking lot is still empty months after a lightning strike caused extensive damage to the hotel's roof. (Source: Jeff Chavez KLTV)
La Quinta's parking lot is still empty months after a lightning strike caused extensive damage to the hotel's roof. (Source: Jeff Chavez KLTV)

When firefighters arrived, they found the second and third floors as well as the attic on fire.

No one was hurt, however extensive damage was done to the hotel’s roof.

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