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

Posted: 4:08 AM, Aug 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-03 00:51:48Z
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix
Crews fighting large fire in North Phoenix

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.

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