FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield police, fire and EMS were dispatched to the LaQuinta Hotel, located at 38 Two Bridges Road, on a report of an active fire at approximately 9:34 p.m. on Saturday.

The Fairfield Fire Department received assistance from the North Caldwell and West Caldwell Fire Departments and the West Essex First Aid Squad on scene. 

Upon arrival, police said it was determined that a fire was burning along a Styrofoam-wrapped column that was part of the portico for the main entrance to the hotel. Although the fire was knocked down by firefighters and never actually made it into the main structure, police said the lobby and other parts of the hotel filled with smoke.

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Fire alarms activated and the nearly filled-to-capacity hotel was evacuated for approximately two hours until it was assured that the fire was out and that ventilation fans could help with smoke removal.

One hotel guest was treated for feeling dizzy and faint but was released at the scene, police said. Fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

According to police, hotel guest were able to return to their rooms at 11:30 p.m.