DURHAM — Firefighters fought an intense fire that damaged an area at the rear of a Days Inn motel at 3460 Hillsborough Road on Wednesday night.
No one was reported injured in the fire, which broke out shortly after 10 p.m. in a breezeway between guest rooms and a portion of the motel used for maintenance and utilities.
The fire was contained to the open area, but guests were moved to other facilities in the area.
Deputy Chief Christopher Iannuzzi said the fire appeared to have begun in the first-floor breezeway, then spread to the second floor and the roof above that.
The cause remained under investigation Thursday, the deputy chief said.
The motel is in the process of changing mattresses in rooms, Iannuzzi said, and about two dozen that were being removed had been piled in the breezeways and fed the fire.
The breezeway acted as a sort of horizontal chimney for the fire, and damaged both ends and “did a good amount of damage to the roof,” Iannuzzi said.
Firefighters initially had some difficulty getting water to the fire area because they had to stretch feeder lines several hundred feet from a hydrant on Hillsborough Road.
The Days Inn is behind a Motel 6 that is set back from Hillsborough road behind am Exxon station, and access to the rear is by driveways leading to a parking area.
Fifteen fire department units went to the scene.