Fire forces man to jump from balcony of Daytona Beach hotel
Man taken to hospital in stable condition
Fire officials say a man was injured Thursday evening in a fire at a hotel in Daytona Beach.
The Daytona Beach Fire Department said the fire broke out just before 7:30 pm at the Mayan Inn Hotel in the 100 block of South Ocean Avenue. A 911 caller reported that a Dumpster was on fire extremely close to the hotel.
When fire crews arrived at the hotel, crews said they found heavy smoke coming from a storage-type structure next to the hotel, with flames endangering the east side of the hotel, along with the vehicles in the parking area.
Firefighters, with the assistance of Daytona Beach Police Department, began to evacuate hotel guests as other crews began to attack the fire.
As fire crews were battling the fire, officials say a man jumped from the second-floor balcony onto a first floor room because of the heavy smoke and flames that had extended to the outside portion of his balcony.
Officials say fire crews were able to attack the fire aggressively and stop the progression of the fire at the second floor.
During the investigation into the cause of the fire, investigators said it was determined the fire began in a storage unit that was being utilized for old hotel furniture and other debris while the hotel was going through renovations.
The actual cause of how the fire started has not been determined and the fire remains under investigation.
During the course of the fire, officials say all occupants were removed from the hotel while fire crews checked for fire extension into the hotel.
One vehicle was damaged by flames and heat exposure.
Officials said the man who jumped from the second floor was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
All occupants were allowed back into the hotel later Thursday.
The hotel sustained about $80,000 worth of damages, officials said.