Hot tub catches fire in Newpark Hotel |

Hot tub catches fire in Newpark Hotel

Smoke billows over Maxwell’s East Cost Eatery in Kimball Junction Wednesday morning after a fire broke out on the deck of a third story unit in the Newpark Hotel. Crews with the Park City Fire District had the fire contained within about 15 minutes.
Courtesy of Tom Lebsack |

A fire broke out Wednesday morning on the deck of a third story unit in the Newpark Hotel in Kimball Junction, forcing an evacuation of the hotel and surrounding businesses.

At around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, fire crews from the Park City Fire District responded to a report of a hot tub on fire in the Newpark Hotel, according to Battalion Chief Ray Huntzinger. Four fire engines and three ambulances were on the scene as smoke billowed over Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery.

The blaze was active and contained to the deck of the hotel unit when crews arrived, Huntzinger said. The hotel’s exterior sprinklers kept the fire from entering the building, but crews put additional water on the fire by dragging hoses across the Newpark Plaza.

Huntzinger said hot tub fires are fairly common occurrences and generally attributed to electrical failure.

“You’d be surprised, we have a fair amount of hot tub fires because they are high voltage,” he said.

The hotel and businesses located on the first floor were briefly evacuated, Huntzinger said. No injuries were associated with the blaze or nearby structures threatened.

“We made sure the fire was out and after monitoring the atmosphere in the building for carbon dioxide, we let everyone back in,” he said.

The fire was extinguished by 9:30 a.m. and crews were off scene by 10 a.m.

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