Small fire breaks out at Park City hotel, arson suspected |

Small fire breaks out at Park City hotel, arson suspected


A fire broke out in a storage room at the Park City Marriott on Sidewinder Drive in the overnight hours of Wednesday, Park City officials said.

Kurt Simister, who is the deputy fire marshal at City Hall, said the hotel’s sprinkler system extinguished the fire. He said it was a "fairly small fire." The Park City Fire District and the Park City Police Department responded. The fire was reported at 12:35 a.m., the police said.

The fire damaged chairs that were in the storage room, he said. Simister said the fire caused between $2,000 and $3,000 in damage. He said no structural damage was found. The storage room is in the underground parking garage.

The fire remains under investigation.

The Park City Police Department in an online statement indicated that the fire might be a case of arson. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said two suspects have been identified and the authorities are searching for them. He did not release details about the suspects.

A representative from the hotel declined to discuss the investigation. Debbie Batt, the director of sales and marketing for the Park City Marriott, said the fire did not impact the operations of the hotel. She said nobody was ordered out of the building.

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*story updated at 12:30pm (March 13, 2013)