Smoke Evacuates Hotel In Rogers

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An overloaded washing machine caused a Rogers hotel to evacuate its guests out into sub-freezing temperatures Thursday night.

The Rogers Fire Department responded at about 8 p.m. to a suspected laundry room fire at the Microtel Hotel on South Eighth Street. Firefighters cleared the scene, and guests were back in their room in about 30 minutes, according to hotel staff.

A washing machine was overloaded and expelled heavy smoke, filling the top floor. Guests were evacuated, and staff were able to determine the origin of the smoke, a hotel manager said.

No one was injured, and there was no actual fire, the manager said.