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Published March 24, 2012, 02:18 PM

Fire at Rochester Hotel causes $100,000 in Damage

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A fire at a Days Inn Hotel in downtown Rochester has forced a two-hour evacuation and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A fire at a Days Inn Hotel in downtown Rochester has forced a two-hour evacuation and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

A Post-Bulletin of Rochester report (http://bit.ly/GWVryE ) says the fire Saturday about 6:15 a.m. was sparked by an overheated fryer in the hotel's restaurant.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Belau says employees who started the oil fryer for the day noted after a while that it was boiling excessively and wasn't shutting down. The oil eventually ignited, and a fire extinguisher was ineffective.

Belau says firefighters eventually knocked out the fire. Guests were allowed to return to their rooms about 8 a.m.

An 86-year-old guest with a pre-existing medical condition was treated for shortness of breath, but he didn't need to be hospitalized.

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Information from: Post-Bulletin, http://www.postbulletin.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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