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Dozens of firefighters scramble New Year's Day to battle Manitoba hotel blaze

A New Year's Day fire has caused extensive damage to a hotel in Thompson, Man. Parts of the first and second floors were engulfed in flames that were beginning to eat into the top floor by the time firefighters arrived Monday afternoon at the three-storey Interior Inn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A New Year's Day fire has caused extensive damage to a hotel in Thompson, Man. Parts of the first and second floors were engulfed in flames that were beginning to eat into the top floor by the time firefighters arrived Monday afternoon at the three-storey Interior Inn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-RCMP, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

THOMPSON, Man. — A large hotel in Thompson, Man., has been left a smouldering ruin after a New Year's Day blaze that took dozens of firefighters to put out.

Crews were called to the three-storey Interior Inn when flames started tearing through the 45-room structure Monday afternoon.

Firefighters were still at the scene this morning watching for hot spots and pouring water on the wreckage that continued to belch thick smoke.

Fire Chief John Maskerine says none of his firefighters was hurt and all the guests had been located.

The RCMP said the building was quickly evacuated and that they had not had any reports of injuries, although an early media report said one person taken from a room was treated at hospital for smoke inhalation.

Parts of the first and second floors were engulfed in flames and the blaze was beginning to eat its way into the third floor by the time firefighters got to the scene.

About 26 city firefighters fought the blaze, although additional resources had to be called in, including volunteer firefighters

Maskerine said the cause of the fire is "undetermined."

"We'll figure that out when the (provincial) Office of the Fire Commissioner gets up here. His team and my team will get in there when it's safe to do so and try to come up with a cause," he said.

The hotel fire was the second large blaze Thompson firefighters had to deal with during the frigid New Year's long weekend.

Crews were called to a fire in a three-storey apartment block on Saturday evening, but no one was hurt. (CHTM, CTV Winnipeg)

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