Nearly 2 dozen guests evacuated from Orange County hotel

More than two dozen guests at an Orange County hotel were abruptly told they needed to leave the building Wednesday.


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“It’s just me by myself,” Norance Davidson told WESH 2 News.

Davidson has been staying at the Quality Inn and Suites on Lee Road for eight months.

On Wednesday, she was among the 30 guests who were told to evacuate.

“This morning we got a bang at the door and they said we have two hours to get out,” Davidson said.

The Orange County Fire Rescue fire marshal David Kilbury said a fire alarm call came from the hotel late Tuesday but it was a false alarm. However, there was trouble on the panel and they needed to follow up.

When Kilbury did a follow up, he found the fire pump was out and the sprinklers wouldn’t work in the event of a fire.

The Quality Inn made the decision to voluntarily evacuate around 11 a.m.

Davidson said she hasn’t been helped when it came to finding a place to stay.

“You tell us you’re going to call some hotels and check out some things but then all you did was call and ask people what the prices were. You never booked a room for the people here. You never gave us an option of somewhere to go,” Davidson said.

Kilbury said the manager informed him they’re working with Quality Inn corporate to contact future guests who had planned to arrive.

“Everybody that left here had nowhere to go,” Davidson said.

Kilbury also said management told him there were other hotels in the area which would honor the rate they were paying per night.

“I have nowhere to go. They have my money, they told me they refunded it but that takes five to seven days. So what am I suppose to do for the next five to seven days? Sleep on the street?” Davidson asked.

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