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Evacuations triggered when fires start in two Alberta hotels in single day

One person jumped to safety from the second floor and a second person had to be rescued when a fire broke out at an Edmonton hotel.

Guests with suitcases were waiting outside when firefighters arrived around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the two-storey Jasper Place Hotel on the city’s west side.

The flames and smoke on the second floor were brought under control in about 15 minutes and there were no reports of any serious injuries, but crews worked into the night to extinguish hot spots.

Earlier in the day, Calgary firefighters dealt with a two-alarm blaze on the top floor of a southeast-area hotel that produced thick dark smoke, but did not result in any injuries.

Officials say the alarm sounded at the four-storey Town and Country Motor Hotel and the manager ran down hallways banging on doors to alert guests to the emergency before crews searched and evacuated the building.

The fire was quickly brought under control but officials say there is substantial smoke damage to the fourth floor.

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