VAN BUREN (KFSM) - Fire crews fought large flames at a Van Buren motel early Thursday morning (Feb. 19).
An air conditioning and heating unit on the second floor of the Motel 6 on Highway 59 caught fire around 1 a.m., according to Stanley Clark with Van Buren Fire.
Crews arrived on scene in a matter of minutes, and immediately began evacuating people who were staying at the motel.
"Our top concern is getting those people out of the rooms," Clark said. "We immediately began knocking on doors and evacuating the people inside."
About 50 people watched in their pajamas as crews battled the flames.
Clark said the flames got as high as 30 to 40 feet and that they spread quickly through the attic space of the building, destroying the roof.
No one was injured in the fire, according to crews on scene.
Crews are continuing to investigate why the air conditioning and heating unit caught fire. They say the room where it was located was not occupied at the time of the fire.
Even though fire crews know where the fire started, the cause of the fire is under investigation.