A small fire Friday night in the elevator machinery room at the former Racine Marriott forced guests and staff to evacuate but didn’t result in any injuries.
Crews from the South Shore Fire Department were dispatched at 10:38 p.m. to the Racine Architect Hotel, 7111 Washington Avenue, for a report of an activated fire alarm. When firefighters arrived, guests and staff were evacuating but there wasn’t any visible smoke or fire.
The first floor lobby was filled with smoke that was getting progressively worse, and the fire was located in the elevator machinery room. Flames were quickly extinguished, and damage was limited to the machinery room. There were no injuries reported.
SSFD Battalion Chief Steve Salvo in a written statement said the cause of the fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious.
Guests and staff were allowed back in the hotel shortly before midnight, but the elevators remained out of service as of Saturday morning.