UPDATE: Two rooms destroyed in fire at Parker Inn

Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 8:44 PM CDT
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PARKER, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE: 8/2/22 2:40 P.M.

We’re learning more about the fire that destroyed two rooms at the Parker Inn on Monday.

Parker Fire Chief C.J. Patterson said the fire began around 6 p.m. Monday night. It took first responders about 45 minutes to put it out.

According to Patterson, they do not know the exact cause of the fire, but it is believed to be “accidental.”

Parker Police Chief Dennes Hutto confirmed the fire has not been deemed arson.

Parker Mayor Andrew Kelly said the doors were open between three motel rooms, and the fire began on the bed in the middle room.

According to officials, the man who was occupying the middle room tried to go back into the burning building six times.

Chief Hutto said because the man was interfering while firefighters were working to put out the fire, he was arrested and charged with “failure to obey a lawful order” and “resisting an officer without violence.”

City of Parker law enforcement and first responders are currently investigating after a fire broke out at the Parker Inn on E Hwy. 98 Monday evening.

Officials with the Parker Fire Department tell NewsChannel 7 several rooms caught fire. An official with the fire department told us they won’t be releasing any more information at this time due to “another situation.”

NewsChannel 7 has reached out to the Parker Police Department for more information on any possible investigation and are waiting to hear back.

We will continue to update you when we know more.

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