UPDATED STORY (6:27 p.m.)
Some 70 guests who planned to stay at Lansing’s Crowne Plaza hotel will be staying somewhere else tonight.
That’s after firefighters say an electrical fire forced the evacuation of the building, which remains in the dark.
The Delta Township fire chief says no one was hurt, and guests who were supposed to check in to the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday have been notified.
He says power surged through power lines and into the building, causing a section of it to catch fire. The smoke alarm went off and the staff let firefighters know it wasn’t just smoke, but fire.
The flames stayed outside the building, but the basement and some of the lower floors filled with smoke.
The hotel will remain closed until at least Wednesday.
ORIGINAL STORY (4 p.m.) Firefighters are on the scene after reports of a fire at a hotel on Lansing’s west side.
They were called to a fire at the Crowne Plaza West Lansing at 925 S. Creyts Road. That’s just off of Creyts Road exit along I-496.
A call went out on the scanners shortly before 3:30 p.m. from one fire department requesting help from another.
The Delta Township Fire Department has the primary responsibility for the fire, but a 6 News crew sees the Lansing Fire Department on the scene, as well.
We don’t yet know the full extent of the fire, but “mutual aid agreements” typically go into effect when a fire is too big for one department to handle.
We will update this story as we get more details.