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Hannibal motel's second fire in three weeks is under investigation

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 9, 2018 10:45 am

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal officials are investigating the second fire in three weeks at the Best Way Inn, 612 Mark Twain Ave.

The latest fire occurred Thursday shortly after 11:30 p.m. The Hannibal Fire Department said when firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the front of a detached and unoccupied portion of the motel.

Mark Kempker, a fire investigator, said in a press release that firefighters put out multiple fires and managed to get the blaze extinguished within 10 minutes of the department's arrival.

No one was injured, Kempker said. He said a search of the building was conducted to make sure no one was inside at the time of the fire.

Eight firefighters from three stations and five off-duty personnel were called to the fire. Firefighters remained on the scene for 21/2 hours conducting overhaul and investigation. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

Kempker said the fire remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Hannibal Police Department, the Hannibal Board of Public Works, the city of Hannibal's building inspector and the Marion County Ambulance District.

A previous fire -- reported to be incendiary in nature -- occurred at the Best Way Inn on Oct. 17.

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