An early afternoon 2-alarm fire on May 21, 2019 had Columbia Richland Fire crews racing to a hotel near Two Notch Road and I-20.
The 3-floor La Qunita Inn had heavy fire on the rear side of the building by the time firefighters got on scene. Early arriving crews quickly got water on the flames. One person was rescued from a third floor room of the building. She was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.
At the time of the fire 37 rooms of the hotel were occupied by guests. Everyone else got out safely.
The incident unfolded shortly before 1 p.m. At least six rooms of the hotel were damaged by fire with other areas of the building suffering water and smoke damage.
The Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating how the fire started.
In all about 50 CFD members were invovled in the operation. Fort Jackson Fire Department also provided support.