Fire destroys Rainbow Motel, no injuries reported

WWNY Fire destroys Rainbow Motel, no injuries reported

TOWN OF PAMELIA, N.Y. (WWNY) - No injuries were reported Monday after fire destroyed the Rainbow Motel in the town of Pamelia.

Volunteers from several fire departments were called to the motel on Route 12 at around 1 p.m. The black cloud could be seen a mile away. The heat was so strong, it could be felt across the street, hundreds of feet away.

It took more than an hour to bring the blaze under control.

“We’re trying to get accountability for all of the people that were staying here. There’s 28 rooms here and there was 13 rooms that were occupied so we’re trying to get everything confirmed at this point,” said Director of Fire and Emergency Management Joe Plummer.

Fire officials later said everyone renting a room was accounted for.

Officials said some firefighters were treated on the scene for “heat issues.”

Firefighters were also faced with the added challenge of bringing their own water to the scene.

“All water had to be trucked in. There’s no hydrants here, so that makes things a little bit more difficult and challenging for us, but we cope and do the best we can," said Plummer.

Route 12 was closed to traffic between Route 342 to Murrock Circle due to the fire.

Firefighters were able to save the motel’s office, but the rest of the building is either destroyed or severely damaged. Officials said the blaze was at its worst on the second floor and on the roof.

Officials said they will be working to pinpoint the cause of the blaze in the coming days.

According to Jefferson County property records, the hotel was built in 1965 and was recently sold to Veercana LLC of Elkridge, Maryland for $315,000.

Video below is from Tana Taylor

Firefighters battle blaze at the Rainbow Motel
Firefighters battle blaze at the Rainbow Motel (Source: WWNY)

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