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May 20, 2014

Fire code violations result in temporary closure of Chisholm Suites

DUNCAN — Chisholm Suites Hotel is closed for a period expected to last about two weeks, following a less than favorable inspection by the Duncan Fire Department.

Deputy Fire Chief Dayton Burnside said the Fire Department first had concerns things were not up to fire code during the annual inspection in December. Follow-up visits in March and April didn’t put those concerns to rest.

“We found major deficiencies in April,” Burnside said. “The new ownership was unaware of it.”

On Friday, Chisholm Suites elected to close for a two-week period to perform an overhaul on the hotel. Burnside said the time closed will provide an opportunity to bring things up to code.

Among the primary concerns noted for the temporary closure were issues with the fire monitoring and fire suppression systems, duct work, hot water tanks, and emergency lights. Burnside said the system was inoperable and needs to be brought up to code before the hotel can reopen.

“They decided to do the right thing,” he said.

The decision to close for two weeks came Thursday. And as people checked out of the hotel, the hotel did not check out any more rooms.

Burnside said there was only a handful of people renting rooms at the hotel when the decision was made. While those people were staying at the Chisholm Suites, the hotel was put under fire watch as a precaution.

Duncan Police Chief Danny Ford said the hotel closing process went smoothly with the main concern being a disconnected fire alarm.

“They’ve been very cooperative about it,” Ford said.

Tyler Boydston contributed to this story.

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