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Majestic Hotel still burns; partial demolition in works

By Heidi White

This article was originally published February 28, 2014 at 7:44 a.m. Updated February 28, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.


As the Majestic Hotel continued to burn after dark Thursday, fi refighters from Lake Hamilton, 70 West and Middleton volunteer fire departments joined in battling the flames.

Majestic Hotel Fire

The historic Majestic Hotel in downtown Hot Springs caught fire Thursday February 27, 2014.

Crews battle hotel fire in Hot Springs

Multiple fire crews are currently battling a fire at the now-vacant Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs. The structure has taken severe damage and those on the scene say they are expecting to fight the blaze well into the early morning hours. (By David Harten)
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The Majestic Hotel fire

The Majestic Hotel burns in downtown Hot Springs.

Majestic Hotel fire

The Majestic Hotel burns in downtown Hot Springs.

HOT SPRINGS — Firefighters continue to battle the blaze at Hot Springs' historic Majestic Hotel on Friday, while making plans to demolish the building's oldest section in an effort to help protect nearby structures.

Officials closed the 100 and 200 blocks of Park Avenue and set up checkpoints nearby, with access allowed for those with "essential business downtown," city spokesman Terry Payne said in a news release. The National Park Service road to the Mountain Tower is also closed.

Meanwhile, Garland County Judge Rick Davis has contacted Gov. Mike Beebe's office to request an emergency declaration.

Hot Springs residents have been asked to help by conserving water, as firefighters expect to work for days to extinguish the fire. The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts will close at noon, with students returning to campus on Monday afternoon.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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