Local Hotel Fire Disrupts Traffic

Fire in the Sheraton Commander's laundry room causes shuttle to reroute

A fire in a linen dryer caused headaches for commuters and hotel guests at the Sheraton Commander hotel yesterday morning.

After an automatic fire alarm sounded around 8:00 a.m., hotel employees immediately evacuated the building, unsure of whether the alarm signaled an actual fire. Guests were rousted from their beds.

"When we have an alarm go off, generally the building evacuates, whether it is a real fire or not," said Edward Guleserian, managing director of the Sheraton Commander.


Two Cambridge fire engines and one hook-and-ladder truck arrived, extinguishing the burning lint in minutes. But for a short while after, hose lines stretched across Garden St., disrupting traffic.

Harvard students reported that Quad shuttle was rerouted as police shut down the part Garden St. in front of the hotel.

A short time later, police reopened the road to alternating directions of traffic, while hotel guests milled about outside the hotel.

As fire crews were mopping up water after the Commander fire, another fire alarm sounded at Widener Library at 8:35 a.m.

Additional fire engines from further afield raced to the Yard, joining units from the Harvard University Police Department already investigating the alarm--the engines that would normally respond were busy up the road.

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