Apr 6, 2013 5:25 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - Firefighters evacuated the Gulf Way Motel on Leopard Street last night after a fire consumed one of the rooms. No one was home but the Battalion Fire Chief said flames and heavy smoke were pouring out of the room when they got there. At first, crews had a problem getting into the property because their truck was too tall for an overhead clearance. Within ten minutes, though, they were able to extinguish the flames
One man who lives at the complex described what it was like when the fire broke out.
"I heard people yelling, 'fire,'" said Gene Schreppel, a resident at the motel. "I looked over in that section there and there were big flames coming out," he continued.
Officials said they don't believe the fire was set intentionally but will continue to investigate. Workers at Gulf Way motel said the man staying in the burned room was OK but has since checked out. All rooms aside from the one that burned are open.