Fire damages Capri Motel room

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WALLA WALLA -- A fire at the Capri Motel on Tuesday is being investigated by the Walla Walla Police Department, authorities said.

The fire was reported about 6:43 p.m. at the motel, 2003 Melrose St., and confined to one of the rooms. No injuries were reported.

Crews with the Walla Walla Fire Department were able to extinguish a fire that had ignited in the bathroom of room 243, said Deputy Chief Bob Yancey.

An occupant of the room had apparently noticed smoke from the fire, which was reported as occurring between the vanity and inside part of a wall in the bathroom. The woman tried to put the fire out using wet towels, and disabled the room's smoke detector as it was going off, Yancey said.

The woman left the motel, believing the fire was out, but firefighters were called to the room by someone else when the fire continued to burn.

Yancey said the damage estimate was minimal, about $500, and came primarily from firefighters having to remove the sink and counter to reach the fire, which burned in part within a wall.

Yancey said the police department was called in to help interview the occupant and help determine what may have started the fire, which is under investigation.

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