QUINCY -- Hotel Elkton residents could begin moving back in to their rooms Tuesday after being temporarily housed by the Red Cross at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center. The property's 51 residents had been displaced after a fatal fire occurred on the fourth floor of the building early Monday.
"The fire damaged only about five rooms, so we can move 85 percent or 90 percent of people in," said Mark Neiswender, owner of Hotel Elkton and the Patio restaurant. "We're thankful for that."
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation, but fire officials have been able to determine that the fire started on the bed in Laura A. Tournear's room. Legal smoking materials also were found in her room. Adams County Coroner Jim Keller pronounced Tournear, 50, dead at the scene and ruled Tuesday that she died from smoke inhalation.
"The death of Ms. Tournear is a very unfortunate situation to have come from this," Neiswender said. "We extend our deepest sympathies to the family."
The Patio was open for business Tuesday after being closed Monday for New Year's Day. Neiswender said that the closing was scheduled after the restaurant was open New Year's Eve.
A fire also damaged the Hotel Elkton in December 2014. In that blaze, everyone escaped safely from the building, although one resident was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.