A fire at Cocca’s Travelodge Inn & Suites on Loudon Road in Latham, NY has left one woman hospitalized. She was transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire, which was reported just after 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, prompted the evacuation of at least 25 occupied rooms. More than a dozen volunteer fire departments from neighboring communities joined the Latham Fire Department to battle the blaze. The investigation remains under investigation.
About 1 percent of structure fires reported each year occur in hotels and motels. These fires result in an average of 120 injuries and nine deaths each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
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People who survive fires, often have serious injuries that require specialized medical care such as severe burns and smoke inhalation.