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Fire at Travelodge Hotel forces evacuation

A kitchen fire forced the evacuation of the Travelodge Hotel on Memorial Avenue on the weekend.
Guests were forced to evacuate from the Travelodge hotel on Memorial Avenue on Saturday, after a fire broke out at a restaurant connected to the building. (Nicole Ireland/CBC)

A kitchen fire forced the evacuation of the Travelodge Hotel on Memorial Avenue on the weekend, and the building remained closed Sunday while an investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshal's Office surveyed the scene.

Guests had to flee the building due to smoke early Saturday morning around 5 a.m. The patrons waited in public transit buses as firefighters extinguished the blaze. 

The Thunder Bay Fire Service's acting platoon chief, David Nelson, confirmed that it started in the kitchen of the hotel's Sushi Station restaurant.

An investigator with the fire marshal's office, Doug Horn, said the hotel section of the building would not be included in the fire investigation.

There were no injuries reported from the incident, but the patrons were refused access to their rooms due to fire and smoke damage. Fire officials said the guests were relocated to another Travelodge hotel.

It's up to hotel management to decide when they'll allow guests back into their rooms. In the meantime, the hotel was being cleaned for smoke damage.

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