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Fire in vacant Mtn. View hotel shuts down traffic

A two-alarm fire damaged a vacant hotel that was slated for demolition Sunday evening in Mountain View, according to fire officials.

The fire at the Tropicana Lodge at 1720 El Camino Real was reported around 6:30 p.m., according to Mountain View Fire Department spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

The fire started on the first floor of the vacant hotel and was put out at about 8:30 p.m. The fire was contained quickly with no injuries, and investigators are working to determine the cause.

All westbound lanes of El Camino Real were closed between Mariposa and Escuela avenues because of the fire. Only one westbound lane was open as of 9:35 p.m. and Mountain View police were requesting that motorists avoid the area.

Firefighters used the hotel for training exercises about eight months ago, so ventilation was already in place that helped limit the fire's spread, Garrett said.

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The building had no utilities and no one was supposed to be inside the building. Around 12 units in the two-story building were affected by the fire, Garrett said.

Prometheus Real Estate Group closed a deal to purchase the hotel site and a neighboring property in January last year. "We are planning a new, state-of-the-art, luxury apartment community for this property -- consistent with the City of Mountain View's draft general plan, the Grand Boulevard Initiative, and the planned VTA Bus Rapid Transit program," Jon Moss, executive vice president for Prometheus, said last year.

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Fire in vacant Mtn. View hotel shuts down traffic

Uploaded: Mon, Apr 29, 2013, 9:08 am

A two-alarm fire damaged a vacant hotel that was slated for demolition Sunday evening in Mountain View, according to fire officials.

The fire at the Tropicana Lodge at 1720 El Camino Real was reported around 6:30 p.m., according to Mountain View Fire Department spokeswoman Jaime Garrett.

The fire started on the first floor of the vacant hotel and was put out at about 8:30 p.m. The fire was contained quickly with no injuries, and investigators are working to determine the cause.

All westbound lanes of El Camino Real were closed between Mariposa and Escuela avenues because of the fire. Only one westbound lane was open as of 9:35 p.m. and Mountain View police were requesting that motorists avoid the area.

Firefighters used the hotel for training exercises about eight months ago, so ventilation was already in place that helped limit the fire's spread, Garrett said.

The building had no utilities and no one was supposed to be inside the building. Around 12 units in the two-story building were affected by the fire, Garrett said.

Prometheus Real Estate Group closed a deal to purchase the hotel site and a neighboring property in January last year. "We are planning a new, state-of-the-art, luxury apartment community for this property -- consistent with the City of Mountain View's draft general plan, the Grand Boulevard Initiative, and the planned VTA Bus Rapid Transit program," Jon Moss, executive vice president for Prometheus, said last year.

— Bay City News and Mountain View Voice staff

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