Fire investigators say smoking is the likely cause.
"The fire started in the victim's room on his mattress and Stanley was a heavy smoker," said
Seven other motel rooms were occupied and no other motel guests were injured, he said.
"Stanley's room was gutted by the fire and the two adjoining second-floor rooms were badly damaged, as was the roof of the motel and there was extensive water damage," McCausland said. "Stanley had lived at the motel for about a month. The motel had working smoke detectors which alerted other occupants."
About a dozen displaced guests huddled outside the
"All I heard was the [fire] alarms go off," he said.
Cocco said that he and others did not evacuate immediately.
But alarms were triggered about an hour later, he said, and a guest of the motel began knocking on everyone's door and alerting them to get out.
Peasley said that
Fire crews also responded to the motor lodge on
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