COPLEY TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - There is not much left of a building that housed four different hotel units. It practically burned to the ground after catching fire about 5 a.m. Saturday.
Many guests had no idea there was a fire until firefighters and police came pounding at their door.
"When I walked out the door I saw that the building, the top was all flames. There was smoke everywhere," said Fred Schaffer.
Heather Scott, a 41-year-old guest was killed. A man who was staying in the same suite is in serious condition after being rushed to the burn unit at Akron
Children's Hospital. A third guest was taken to Akron City Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
For many other guests the fire was too close for comfort, especially for one who was forgotten inside.
"They went out and forgot I was upstairs. So I woke up by myself and everyone was gone and then the fireman came back in and got me," said Joe Pirllaman.
The State Fire Marshal's Office is helping in the investigation. So far no one knows what caused the blaze.
Charles Wozny from South Bend Indiana is an experienced firefighter who was staying at the hotel.
"It went quick. I don't know if there's any sprinkler systems in those buildings or not. I didn't pay attention in mine yet," said Wozny.
Turns out there are no sprinklers.
"That's an older building, so it did not require sprinklers back when it was built," said Chief Michael Benson, Copley Township Fire.
The fire chief also said one firefighter suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Management for the the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndam is waiting for the investigation to be completed before making any statement.
Fire and Police investigators, as well as the Ohio State Fire Marshall, are looking into the cause of the fire.
No damage estimates are in at this time but Fairlawn Fire officials say the Building 4 suffered severe damage to three of four sides of the structure and is basically a complete loss.
The hotel's nightly rental rooms were not affected by the fire.
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