A fire was reported at Red Roof Inn on Aug. 29 with the motel receiving moderate damage. The Banks County Fire & Emergency Services responded to 30747 Hwy. 441 Commerce on a reported structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a multi-story motel with fire showing from the first and second floor balcony area. The fire was quickly contained and the damage was maintained to the balcony and roof/attic area. No extension was noted to the rooms. Evacuation of the motel was conducted by Fire/EMS personnel along with the Banks County Sheriff’s Office and staff personnel at the Red Roof Inn. No injuries were reported and the motel sustain moderate damage from the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Banks County Fire Department along with the Georgia State Fire Marshalls Office. This is the second motel fire in Commerce in two months. On June 20, Motel 6 near Tanger Outlet Mall burned. Investigators say faulty wiring may have been to blame in that fire.


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