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Sacramento Metro Fire labeled this blaze arson

Sacramento Metro Firefighters combatting a fire in a Courtyard Inn in North Highlands on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.
Sacramento Metro Firefighters combatting a fire in a Courtyard Inn in North Highlands on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017.

A fire that damaged four hotel rooms at a Courtyard Inn in North Highlands on Sunday is being investigated as arson, according to the Sacramento Metro Fire Department.

Just before 10 a.m., firefighters responded to the hotel after the fire alarm went off, Metro Fire spokesman Capt. Chris Vestal said in a press release. Those first responders were able to contain the fire to the room it was set in, but three other rooms received water damage as firefighters put out the fire.

Someone had forced their way into the room, which wasn’t booked when the fire was set, the release said. The signs of the break-in and “other evidence” found at the scene led the investigator to label the incident arson.

Vestal said it’s unclear how many people were displaced by the fire, but at least six people had to be evacuated.

“They were able to be relocated within the hotel,” Vestal said. No one was injured in the blaze.

Metro Fire praised Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies for their role in the evacuation. The deputies were patrolling in the area when the fire alarm went off and were helping people out of rooms adjacent to the flames when the first fire engine arrived.

Sacramento Fire Department personnel also helped put out the fire, the press release said.

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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