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Fire prompts evacuation of Dorchester hotel

A fire broke out on the second floor of the Ramada by Wyndham Boston hotel in Dorchester Sunday afternoon, prompting the hotel to be evacuated, officials said.

The blaze broke out at 800 Morrissey Blvd. around 2:50 p.m., Boston fire wrote in a tweet. Firefighters struck a second alarm to help evacuate the two-star hotel, which is located near the Neponset River.

By 3:30 p.m. the fire had been knocked down, and firefighters were working to vent the heavy smoke that had filled the building, the department said on Twitter.

No one was injured in the blaze, which caused $75,000 in damages to the hotel, according to Brian Alkins, a fire department spokesman.

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Alkins said 110 of the hotel’s rooms were booked when the fire started, but it was unclear how many were occupied at the time. At least eight to 10 rooms were damaged by the fire, and 30 displaced guests were relocated to a Comfort Inn.

The fire did not spread beyond the second floor of the hotel, but surrounding rooms suffered extensive damage, Alkins said. To attack the blaze, firefighters opened up the ceiling of the second floor, he said.

The first and third floors of the hotel sustained heavy smoke and water damage, he said.

By 4:30 p.m., officials were waiting for the building inspector to arrive at the scene to determine whether hotel guests could return to their rooms, Alkins said.

The cause of the fire was still being determined, he said.


Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.