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Lightning Believed to be Cause of Hotel Fire in Council Bluffs

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Investigators in Council Bluffs were sent to a hotel fire that was believed to be caused by lightning on Sunday morning.

WOWT reports the fire happened at the Value Place hotel and added the building's fire alarms were not working so guests had to tell each other to evacuate.

86 of the 113 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire, but no one was hurt.

There was little damage to the hotel due to a working sprinkler in the attic.

However, the hotel will be closed for several weeks because of water and electrical damage.