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Guests and staff evacuated from Cancun hotel during early morning fire

Cancun, Q.R. — A Cancun hotel was evacuated early Friday after a main floor fire. All hotel guests and staff were evacuated due to a fire that started in a main floor machine room.

Thick black smoke filled the air in the Cancun Hotel Zone Friday morning until firemen were able to fully extinguish the cause. It was around 8:30 a.m. when Cancun authorities reported the extinguished fire and no injuries.

Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil QR reported “This morning, Municipal Civil Protection units, firefighters, SSC, CFE personnel and evacuation brigades attend to a fire registered in a hotel at km 9.5 of Blv. Kukulcan.

“The fire is fully under control and no one was injured. Guests and employees were evacuated, and where appropriate, relocated to other hotels. Authorities are carrying out tours to guarantee the security of the place.”

Cancun City Hall also reported on the fire posting “There is a fire at the Hotel Krystal, at KM 9 of Boulevard Kukulcán. Derived from a short circuit, a fire was recorded at the Krystal Hotel. Elements of the emergency bodies of Bomberos Cancun went to the place to control the incident and evacuate people. No injuries reported.”

Antonio Riveroll Ribbon, Director of Civil Protection of Benito Juárez, reported 11 people were assessed for smoke inhalation, although no one required hospital transfer.

He also said they are still investigating the cause. “The origin is being analyzed. Apparently they put solar panels in the battery area to save energy, and maybe there was a situation there. We have to check if there are voltage variations or if it could be the subject of the wiring,” he added.

Two floors of the hotel suffered extensive damage due to the early morning fire. Traffic was rerouted due to the reduced vision and numerous emergency vehicles.