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Hot Springs OKs condemnation of Majestic Hotel

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 19, 2014 at 8:19 a.m.

The remains of The Majestic Hotel Resort and Spa in Hot Springs is seen Sunday, March 16, 2014, almost two and a half weeks after a catastrophic blaze destroyed the oldest portion of the historic hotel.

Majestic Hotel Fire

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

Crews battle hotel fire in Hot Springs

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HOT SPRING — City leaders in Hot Springs have approved the condemnation of the Majestic Hotel building that was destroyed in a fire last month.

The move Tuesday by the Hot Springs board of directors allows the city to request the full demolition of the remainder of the historic hotel. The complex was partially razed for safety reasons after the Feb. 27-28 fire.

The Sentinel-Record reported that rubble from the building has been piled along Park Avenue since the fire. The condemnation resolution approved Tuesday allows the city to re-enter the site and remove the remaining debris, if necessary.

Authorities say they don't know for sure what caused the fire at the abandoned hotel, but the fire chief says the blaze may have been started by a homeless person or "urban explorer."

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