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    Exclamation Vacation Lodge on Fire

    The Vacation Lodge on US 192 is on fire, currently rated a 2-alarm fire. Reedy Creek has responded, as has Orange and Osceola counties. I'm posting this in the WDW forum because Reedy Creek responded, Walt Disney World's Fire Department. For you West Coasters, 192 is like WDW's Harbor Blvd.

    The fire is so bad, the Red Cross has been dispatched to the scene, and over 150 families have been displaced. US 192 is completely closed in both directions, and I saw at least 7 fire trucks and a helicopter. Lots of other emergency vehicles as well.

    And the weirdest part... people are STILL in the hotel. They haven't all evacuated! And the fire has been going since about 11pm last night!

    I'll post the pictures I took later. For now, check out Central Florida 13's News Coverage:

    Crews struggle to fight fire at Osceola County hotel

    They have better pictures than I do anyhow.

    God bless anyone staying there.
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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    Wow. I hope no one gets seriously hurt. That fire looks really bad
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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    Having worked in hotels and had to handle fire alarms on more then one occasion and a fire once, it can be very difficult to get guests to actually evacuate, many ignore the alarms, and strobe lights and at my hotel the automated announcements that said " The building is on fire, please evacuate the building" over and over, and still people would ignore it and stay in their room.

    In many hotels depending on size there can be as few as 1 or 2 people working which makes going to every room time consuming and possibly not even possible.

    At airports it was the same way, spent many years working in airports and when a fire alarm would go off and the orders to evacuate would be made, people still would ignore them.

    You'd be surprised how many people ignore a fire alarm and evacuation even with fire trucks outside.

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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    What a way to ruin a vacation, I saw the before and after of one of the motels or the motel that burnt, and even the roaches moved out it looked pretty out of code, of course that was going by a pic no more, but hope, everyone is safe and not to many dreams were harmed, Vacationers and buisness owners.

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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    Officials think the fire is suspicious, but won't know what caused it until it's totally contained and they can investigate. It's an old hotel built in the 70's and most of the structure was made of wood, so it burned quickly. From the articles I've read, the hotel had trouble before as in the past the owners didn't pay the electric or water bills and both got shut off. It sounds like there were several people who actually LIVED at the hotel, not there on vacation.

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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith11618 View Post
    Having worked in hotels and had to handle fire alarms on more then one occasion and a fire once, it can be very difficult to get guests to actually evacuate, many ignore the alarms, and strobe lights and at my hotel the automated announcements that said " The building is on fire, please evacuate the building" over and over, and still people would ignore it and stay in their room.

    In many hotels depending on size there can be as few as 1 or 2 people working which makes going to every room time consuming and possibly not even possible.

    At airports it was the same way, spent many years working in airports and when a fire alarm would go off and the orders to evacuate would be made, people still would ignore them.

    You'd be surprised how many people ignore a fire alarm and evacuation even with fire trucks outside.
    As someone who currently works at an airport trust me I know, it's scary when they have to evacuate because of a bomb threat and everyone's like I'm not going anywhere...really like your planes going to take off now with a bomb possibly near ALL that jet-fuel..

    Hope everyone is ok though...
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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    When someone tells me to get out because of impending doom, of one kind or another, I cooperate and GET OUT! My life is way more important than any "thing". Sad to hear there's people who don't feel the same way.

    I hope everyone is ok and that they can all pick themselves up and get back to normal asap.

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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    Wow, that really sucks. The story just broke here in Arizona.

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith11618 View Post
    Having worked in hotels and had to handle fire alarms on more then one occasion and a fire once, it can be very difficult to get guests to actually evacuate, many ignore the alarms, and strobe lights and at my hotel the automated announcements that said " The building is on fire, please evacuate the building" over and over, and still people would ignore it and stay in their room.
    Yep, we were at the New York New York Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas and the fire alarm went off. I couldn't believe the number of people (almost everyone) who refused to leave their precise slot machines behind.
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    Re: Vacation Lodge on Fire

    So that's the huge plume of black smoke I saw this morning, as I was driving into wdw from osceola pkwy. I thought a plane had crashed, it looked so bad

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