Last updated: May 21. 2014 6:47PM - 1926 Views
By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com

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NEWBERRY —Wednesday afternoon a structure fire heavily damaged one portion of the Budget Inn, former known as Whitaker Motor Lodge, off Wilson Road.

The fire caused the section of Wilson Road between Adelaide Street and Jollystreet Road to be closed. As of 6:30 p.m. detours remained in place due to the closing.

According to Newberry Fire Department Chief Keith Minick, as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the fire was under control.

Crews remained on the scene to check the rear of the L-shaped side of the building closest to Newberry for hot spots because that area still smoldered.

Firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the end of the building closest to Prosperity.

Minick confirmed that all customers and employees at the inn made it out safely and were okay.

He said to check back tomorrow for a more detailed fire report.

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