No one was injured after a fire caused damage in the lobby of the Bush Hotel on December 2. The Fire Department responded around 5:30 p.m. Fire Department Investigators found the fire was intentionally set, and notified the Police Department, according to a department spokesperson.
The Fire Department estimated the fire caused a loss of $300 dollars.
The fire damage did not seem extensive, and was mostly smoke damage, according to Bush Hotel management.
Dev Kabanela took a break from working late in the Bush Hotel building to run errands in the neighborhood. When he returned, there was a heavy smoke smell, stairs in the building lobby were blackened.
The fire appeared to be kindled using issues of the International Examiner, according to management at the Bush Hotel. The fire destroyed most of the papers from the International Examiner’s latest printing. The newspaper issue was reprinted.