Ashland motel catches fire twice within a week

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hanover firefighters were busy this morning battling a motel fire in Ashland for the second time in less than a week that a fire has broken out at the Super 8 Motel on England Street near Route 1.

Just a few days and a few rooms separate the two fires. Now the Hanover County fire chief said the second blaze is forcing investigators to take a step back and a new look to find out exactly what is going on at the Super 8 Motel.

Smoke billows as the flashing lights of fire trucks and ambulances once again respond to the Super 8 Motel. The blaze started just before dawn, gutting one room, damaging several others and destroying a car parked out front.

Just four days earlier a hotel guest shot this video as more than thirty people fled the intense flames. Eighty firefighters worked to get that blaze under control. That's almost the entire Hanover County fire department.

Just to give you some perspective on the layout of the hotel, the rooms damaged in Saturday's fire are just around that corner.

Luckily the only injury between both incidents was to a single firefighter and his injury was not serious. Now the question is, what's the problem? Fire marshals have not released a cause for either fire just yet. They're taking a look at whether there are any issues with the building, if the fires are related and if there's anything else they need to look into.

The Hanover fire chief said the fact that there's a second blaze is such a short period of time does raise some concerns. Again, at this point, we are still awaiting word on causes for both fires.

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