300 evacuated from Lakewood hotel after fire alarm, sprinkler system intentionally set off

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — About 300 people were evacuated from a hotel late Friday night when a suspect intentionally triggered the fire alarm and sprinkler system, West Metro Fire Rescue said.

It caused serious flooding inside the Holiday Inn in the 7300 block of West Hampden Avenue just east of Wadsworth Boulevard.

West Metro Fire Rescue said the suspect used an open flame to trigger the system on the second floor of the hotel.

It flooded the first and second floors along with the hotel’s main electrical area. Power was off and the hotel was able to find other accommodations for the displaced guests.

The Lakewood Police Department said it had the suspect in custody Saturday morning.