Large structure fire burning in North Phoenix; hotel guests nearby evacuated

Posted at 4:08 AM, Aug 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-02 20:51:48-04

Phoenix fire crews are on the scene of an intense structure fire near Desert Ridge Marketplace.

The two-alarm structure fire was called out shortly before 3:30 a.m. in the area of Loop 101 and Tatum Blvd in north Phoenix.

Phoenix Fire says the blaze broke out at a hotel under construction behind the Holiday Inn Express.

All guests at the hotel have been evacuated, and fire crews say portions of the hotel were scorched and had blown-out windows.

Eight Phoenix police officers, including some who were helping leave the Holiday Inn Express, were checked out for smoke inhalation but are OK.

Other officers helped put out a brush fire that sparked nearby from falling embers, according to information at the scene.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.