MIDDLETON — Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire early this morning at the Candlelite Motor Inn at 319 N. Main St. (Route 114) in Middleton.
Dispatchers received a couple of 911 calls reporting the fire as well as a box alarm around 3 a.m., according to Middleton fire Capt. Tom Martinuk.
Firefighters arrived to heavy fire and smoke coming from the kitchen of Joe's Place, a restaurant attached to the motel.
"The crews went in and did an excellent job," Martinuk said, adding the outcome could have been worse if responders were delayed in arriving on scene. "Timing is everything."
There were no injuries.
Martinuk said the fire went to three alarms to have enough people on scene making sure all motel guests got out safely.
"We just needed help getting people out," he said.
Roughly 60 guests were displaced, but most were able to find lodging on their own for the remainder of the night, Martinuk said. American Red Cross volunteers helped the rest.
The cause is under investigation by the state Fire Marshal's Office. Martinuk said damage to the motel, which is closed until further notice, is estimated at $400,000.
The fire was extinguished in about a half-hour, but Martinuk said a fire watch will remain in place at the scene until about 5 p.m. tonight.