Lightning suspected in Metro-East hotel fire; no injuries - KMOV.com

Lightning suspected in Metro-East hotel fire; no injuries

O'FALLON, Ill. (AP) -- Lightning is suspected of causing a fire that damaged a southwestern Illinois hotel.

Nobody was hurt in the fire that forced the evacuation of the Hilton Garden Inn in O'Fallon on Wednesday.

Officials say the fire apparently broke out on the fourth floor, damaging several rooms and the roof.

Guests were evacuated for roughly 90 minutes.

The National Weather Service says it expects additional severe weather in the St. Louis region later Wednesday and into early Thursday.

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