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k5jmh
06-27-2011, 06:00 AM
I hope the wind is blowing in the opposite direction!!

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/28365909/detail.html

...the Vacation Lodge Maingate on U.S. Highway 192, about a mile from Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

http://www.clickorlando.com/2011/0627/28366413_640X480.jpg

Black smoke billowed into the sky Monday morning, and U.S. Highway 192 is closed between Griffen and Old Lake Wilson roads. Osceola Parkway can be used as an alternate.

warrenite
06-27-2011, 06:21 AM
Wow, hope the hotlel was empty.

Oglet
06-27-2011, 06:23 AM
Nope, it wasn't. I believe the news here said about 150 people have been displaced.

Cherinva
06-27-2011, 06:54 AM
Wow..I hope everyone was ok

safetymom
06-27-2011, 07:55 AM
I can smell it outside. This hotel has had problems in the past with the owners not paying the water or electric bills.

LMO429
06-27-2011, 07:57 AM
Wow, that fire looks so terrible. I hope everyone is ok.

pigletto
06-27-2011, 08:00 AM
Oh my goodness:sad2:
That picture just made my stomach drop. So many vacationers will have their trips ruined. And so close to AK??? I am hoping so much it can be contained for the sake of all the wildlife.:sad2:

Isn't that area extremely dry lately as well? I hope I am wrong on that one.

*NikkiBell*
06-27-2011, 08:02 AM
Oh, wow. My brother and his family just arrived yesterday. It's a good thing they're at the Contemporary and not going to AK.

pigletto
06-27-2011, 08:06 AM
Upon further internet search on this hotel it would seem it is less a vacation hotel as the name indicates, than a really nasty fleabag motel. That doesn't make me hope everyone is safe any less.. but it does indicate that there was likely safety issues.

Apparently it started last night and they are still fighting it this morning.

Oglet
06-27-2011, 08:10 AM
I hope everyone is okay and no one lost anything that wasn't easily replaceable.

Now with that said, its one less slum hotel along 192, hopefully something good can come out of this, maybe now all the hotels along 192 that fall into this category will be forced to clean their acts up before something happens with a massive loss of life.

It'sWDW4me
06-27-2011, 08:15 AM
Oh, wow, what a raging fire! Holy moly. These poor people who now have, quite literally, nothing to their names.

Do you think Disney will pull the animals off the savannahs? I wonder if the wind is blowing ash into the park...

mikelan6
06-27-2011, 08:32 AM
This just reminds me of that documentary about the "homeless" kids living in places like these in Orange County, California - some of them Disney cast members as well.

I am glad that everyone is safe.

PeterPan09
06-27-2011, 08:34 AM
I left work at 10:30 and the fire had just gotten going. The wind then was pushing the smoke away from DAK, but I'm sure the folks in Epcot and DHS were seeing the effects.

Today I'm wondering how it's going to impact my commute to work.

And yes, this was not a nice hotel. However, there were still people there, luckily they all got out safely, but some of them have nowhere to go now.

PeterPan09
06-27-2011, 08:37 AM
This just reminds me of that documentary about the "homeless" kids living in places like these in Orange County, California - some of them Disney cast members as well.

I am glad that everyone is safe.

A good number of WDW cast members live in these hotels on 192 also.

disneysteve
06-27-2011, 08:39 AM
Isn't that the place that used to be the EconoLodge Maingate Hawaiian?

We actually stayed there 2 or 3 times back around 1999-2000. That was before it became the fleabag extended stay place. Used to be a great deal, like $23/night.

Oglet
06-27-2011, 08:53 AM
Isn't that the place that used to be the EconoLodge Maingate Hawaiian?

We actually stayed there 2 or 3 times back around 1999-2000. That was before it became the fleabag extended stay place. Used to be a great deal, like $23/night.

That would be correct

SamSam
06-27-2011, 09:11 AM
I feel so sorry for all that were staying in the hotel! When I saw 'fire 1 mile from AK, I just felt sick. Hopefully they get the fire contained and the smoke isn't a danger to either people or animals in the are.

k5jmh
06-27-2011, 10:31 AM
Unconfirmed reports of a Meth Lab exploding in one of the rooms causing the fire.

Oglet
06-27-2011, 10:40 AM
Unconfirmed reports of a Meth Lab exploding in one of the rooms causing the fire.

Wouldnt surprise me at all. Last year there was one that exploded and took out a huge chunk of a hotel on 192.

ADP
06-27-2011, 10:48 AM
As fire fighters battle this blaze let's hope no one gets hurt and it doesn't turn into a wild/brush fire.

NitroStitch
06-27-2011, 11:40 AM
Unconfirmed reports of a Meth Lab exploding in one of the rooms causing the fire.

I kind of wondered if that might have been the initial cause, after that's happened fairly recently elsewhere in the area. This place apparently had nothing in the way of fire detecting or fighting equipment that was functional. Unreal. I hope they get it out soon and no one else gets hurt.

disneyholic family
06-27-2011, 02:03 PM
oh my - that's really horrible - i do hope no one was or is hurt...

Cheshire Figment
06-27-2011, 02:11 PM
Other than smoke inhalation problems, there were no injuries.

It was not a tourist hotel.

It was a 40 year old building that houses lower income families on a long-term basis.

It will be several days until it cools down enough so that investigators can go in.

disneyholic family
06-27-2011, 02:24 PM
oh gosh, i just watched the report.....so sad that people who had nothing to begin with now have even less.....

disneysteve
06-27-2011, 03:22 PM
It was not a tourist hotel.

It was a 40 year old building that houses lower income families on a long-term basis.

Not anymore but it used to be. As I said, we stayed there I think 3 times on our trips in the past (before we discovered VRBO :)).

Stacy's a freak
06-27-2011, 03:28 PM
How awful! When I saw the initial picture I had to wonder if there wasn't some explosion of sorts - what a mess! :sad2: