Fire at abandoned Tallahassee hotel

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 11:43 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

UPDATE (February 6, 2014 - 10:52 A.M.)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) --  Investigators are still looking into the cause of a second fire at an abandoned Tallahassee hotel.

Lt. Mike Bellamy with Tallahassee Fire Department says crews were called out around 11:22 p.m. Wednesday to the former American Best Value Inn located on the 2800 block of North Monroe Street.

As crews arrived they found three rooms on the second floor on fire. The fire, Lt. Bellamy says, spread through the walls to the upper floors, as well as the attic of the complex.

Damages are estimated to be approximately $200,000. No one was injured.

The building did not have any utility services connected at the time of the fire.

This is the second time in the past few weeks fire crews were called out to the building. On January 17, crews were called out after a fire started by several homeless people grew out of control.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office and believed to be started by vagrants. The Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Sheriff's Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Leon County EMS also assisted at the scene.

The Tallahassee Fire Department and State Fire Marshal's office would like you to call 1- 877-NO-ARSON if you have information relating to this or any other suspicious fire. Arson tips can also be reported online at http://www.myfloridacfo.com.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Firefighters were called to the American Best Value Inn on Calloway road late Wednesday night.

Lt. Mike Bellamy with Tallahassee Fire Department tells us that it is too early to determine what caused the fire.

Firefighters expected the flames to be put out by morning.

An investigation as to what started the fire will be done later this morning.

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