Three people were injured when a smoldering ornamental plant filled the Island Hotel’s 11th floor with smoke early this morning, according to a news release.
The fire was first reported at 3:41 a.m. at the hotel at 690 Newport Center Drive, online police logs state. At 3:44 a.m., Newport Beach Fire Department units were dispatched, and the first alarm units to respond discovered smoke on the 11th floor.
“Firefighters and hotel staff quickly initiated evacuations of hotel occupants, while other firefighters searched for the source of the smoke,” a news release said. Because the building is a high rise, and the potential threat to occupants, the battalion chief on scene requested a second and third alarm.
Then crews found the source of smoke — an ornamental plan — and quickly extinguished the smoldering fire and began to remove smoke. The second and third alarms where then canceled, and evacuated guests were allowed to return to their rooms after smoke was cleared and elevators were working again.
Crews remained at the scene until 5:27 a.m., assisting to restore the building’s fire protection system, the release said.
“Three adults required medical attention as result of the evacuation,” the release said. “One patient was evaluated and treated at the scene by Newport Beach Firefighter/Paramedics. The two other patients were evaluated, treated and transported to a local hospital for further medical attention. No firefighters were injured during this incident.”
The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the interior of the building. The cause remains under investigation.