Grover Beach hotel evacuated because of smoke

kleslie@thetribunenews.comFebruary 16, 2014 

Guests at the Holiday Inn Express in Grover Beach were evacuated Sunday morning after oil in the elevator system filled the hotel with smoke.

Five Cities Fire Authority responded to the hotel on North Oak Park Boulevard just after 2 a.m., according to a news release. After finding heavy smoke in the lower floor’s hallway, firefighters went to each floor to evacuate guests from the building’s 30 rooms.

All guests were safely evacuated, and none reported injuries, according to the news release.

Firefighters found that a large reservoir of hydraulic oil used to run the elevator system was the source of the smoke. Though the temperature of the oil had substantially increased, there was no fire. The cause of the rise in temperature is still under investigation.

Teams used high-power fans to ventilate the building, and guests were allowed to return to their rooms after one hour.

Estimates of the damages were not available.

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