Welding Accident Burns Down Red Roof Inn in Savannah, GA

Risk Logic Inc. (RLI) is a consulting engineering company that provides Loss Prevention Services. Since 1997, we have been working in regions all over the world utilizing the most advanced and current standards.

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June 28th, 2024

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Late afternoon on Tuesday, March 26th, a large fire ignited at a Red Roof Inn motel in Savannah, Georgia. The motel evacuated all guests within a few minutes of seeing heavy smoke. The fire was contained from impacting nearby businesses and extinguished within hours.

The roof of the motel collapsed as the flames rose.

Over 70 people were displaced, but thankfully no one was injured. In a heartening display of community support, the Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and The Chatham County Animal Services swiftly stepped in, providing kits and helping place families in temporary shelters, including those with animals in need. This rapid response from these organizations is a testament to the strength and unity of the local community.  

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The rescue crew quickly extinguished the motel’s flames within hours.

At Risk Logic Inc., we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of hotels, motels, and all occupancies. Our comprehensive on-site property loss prevention surveys, conducted by our team of experienced engineers, are designed to assess your current fire protection and detection systems and evaluate possible ignition sources. Utilizing a Hot Work Program per NFPA 51B, Standard for Fire Prevention During Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work, can help prevent a similar event from occuring.

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A picture of Red Roof Inn a few years prior to the blaze.

We offer tailored recommendations for enhancements, with an emphasis on the value of automatic sprinklers, the most effective means of controlling fires in hospitality environments. Our engineers will review the design of your sprinkler system and ensure that its inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) are up to standard. Please contact RLI regarding your property loss prevention needs for your business.