Cherry Hill hotel evacuated for transformer fire

At the front desk of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, staffers (from left) Emii Phillips, Carmen Gonzalez, and Diana Berroa work by lantern and flashlight after Tuesday's electrical fire.
At the front desk of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, staffers (from left) Emii Phillips, Carmen Gonzalez, and Diana Berroa work by lantern and flashlight after Tuesday's electrical fire.
Posted: January 26, 2011

A transformer fire Monday night forced the evacuation of the Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill, a city spokesman said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the fire, which started about 7 p.m. in a second-floor electrical room at the hotel on West Marlton Pike off Cuthbert Boulevard, said township spokesman Dan Keashen. PSE&G shut off the power before Cherry Hill firefighters tackled the blaze, which was extinguished around 8:15 p.m., Keashen said.

More than 100 guests and about 40 employees were evacuated, according to a representative of the Illinois-based Hostmark Hospitality Group, the hotel's management company.

Guests were relocated to a nearby Holiday Inn Express, Keashen said. The power was expected to be restored Wednesday or Thursday, he said.

Rutgers University-Camden's quarterly business forum, which had expected to draw about 200 people to the hotel early Tuesday, was canceled because of the lack of power, university officials said.


Contact staff writer Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or dsimon@phillynews.com.

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