SAN ANTONIO – Flames shot out of the Studio 6 Motel near the airport back in April, and while no lives were lost, damages totaled $1 million.
Now the Defenders have obtained the fire inspection reports from the hotel before and after the fire. The inspection reports show a long string of trouble at the motel.
A 2005 report showed fire extinguishers and the fire alarm panel needing service. In 2007, there were missing exit signs and emergency lighting in need of repair. Then, one year before the big fire, inspectors in 2011 found the fire hydrant in the back of the property not working.
The city provided no reports showing the hydrant was fixed and the hotel has now applied for a permit for a new hydrant. The inspection after the fire is the most telling.
It shows the main fire alarm panel had been red tagged by the alarm company, showing it had multiple troubles. The report said mechanical and electrical rooms also needed to be maintained.
It all added up to a traumatic loss, according to one unidentified witness who was staying in the motel at the time.
"Just seeing where you live burning is very traumatic. Very, very traumatic," the witness said.
No one at the hotel was available for comment. The hotel could open again as early as next month.