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Hotel Guests Evacuated in Calistoga Fire

More than 20 firefighting personnel quickly knocked down the early-morning blaze at the Calistoga Inn, according to city fire chief Steve Campbell. Twelve inn guests were relocated and nobody was injured, he said.

A fire at the Calistoga Inn on Lincoln Street around 3:14 a.m. Tuesday was quickly put out by more than 20 firefighters, according to city fire chief Steve Campbell.

The inn was "well involved" in flames when firefighters arrived, Campbell said.

Twelve hotel guests were relocated to the Christopher Inn and nobody was injured, he said.

It took 20 to 30 minutes to knock down the fire, but some firefighters remained at the scene more than six hours after knocking down the fire, Campbell said.

Check back with Napa Patch for an update on the cause of the fire.

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MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" August 28, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Sweet Stock photo. Are more on the way?
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 28, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I took the photo of the chief last Tuesday while visiting Calistoga city leaders. Figured folks would like to know what he looks like anyway, since he's the source of the information. When I call to follow up on the cause of the fire, I'll ask him if the CFD took any photos.
C L Farrell August 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
More than 12 Calistoga Inn hotel guests were relocated. Initial reports were that nearby Christopher's Inn provided 11 hotel rooms to those displaced Calistoga Inn guests who wanted substitute lodgings. Most of those rooms were occupied by 2 or 3 people each. A number of other displaced Calistoga Inn guests opted to forego substitute lodging in favor of getting an early start on their Tuesday, as in my case. Many thanks to Calistoga City Manager and "Chris" of the City who directed displaced fire victims to safety at Pioneer Park and arranged for the Red Cross to deliver blankets to the park for those who wanted to stay warm. Relatively quick action on the part of these folks brought calmness to the displaced guests who were awaiting further information before being walked to Christopher's Inn. Kudos to Christopher's Inn owner who so graciously got up from his early morning slumber to assist us!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thank you for the eyewitness report. I am very glad nobody was hurt in the fire. Sounds like the city had your back.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 02:46 PM
There is an article about the fire in today's edition of a local newspaper, the management of which has asked me not to refer to its articles any more. But I am sure folks will have no trouble finding it.
Ernie Stoddard August 30, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Just another form of censorship. It's my ball and you can't play.. What a crock.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Karl, I have to thank you for the supportive comment. Beyond that I'm just going to say that I truly believe the more different local sources of information we have in our community, the better, and I honestly want to do my part to help all our local businesses not just survive but thrive. And yes - our advertising team is working hard. Our new ad manager, Gail, is in Napa every week. I'm crossing my fingers that our national team is landing some Romney/Ryan ads, but local is what we are all about and I am beyond grateful to our local advertisers!
Karen Calhoun August 30, 2012 at 04:09 PM
The eyewitness reports like C L Farrell's above are what make Patch special and different than the average newspaper. I hope more people do this as well. Louisa can't be everywhere at once (although sometimes I wonder how she does it). This is a great opportunity for the community to come together and keep everyone informed.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
No comment except that I just could not keep mum in the face of such a kind comment, Karl. It is not in my nature.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Thank you, Karen. This is what makes us Patchy. We're not trying to be a newspaper: We are a community gathering place for all kinds of content and opinion. Sometimes I describe Napa Patch as a silent radio station where everyone calls in by typing: I'm the "DJ," but you guys are what it's really all about. And in the next few months you will see the sites becoming even more interactive and user-focused. I'm talking about bold, exciting changes designed for you! But first we gotta get through the Upvalley expansion and the elections.
Ash Leigh August 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I like the Patch. Friendly place, with more local information and quick interaction. I really like the weekly list of things going on in Napa - I check it out every few days (incase something new pops up). Thanks for all your hard work, Louisa and the Staff of Napa Patch.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Thank you so much! We try to keep it real, but that works best when folks like you take part. And if you subscribe to my daily email newsletter you will see stuff pops up just about every day: It features links to five fresh news stories, plus opinion pieces, blogs, the day's events and recent announcements. napa.patch.com/newsletters to sign up and if you want a preview first: I stash recent back issues at http://pinterest.com/louisahufstader/napa-valley-patch-newsletter/ A lot of subscribers have told me they really like the newsletter and it gets a lot of my attention, so I hope you'll check it out.
Belle (Orchid Lady) August 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
OK, I'm going to sign up for the newsletters! Louisa has convinced me!

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